This makes sense. 'Alright' is a catchy, political track from a record that everybody under 30 knows and loves. And 'Alright,' a hit from a mega-successful pop-political rapper with a wizened sense of responsibility, answers all of those nostalgists who worry about why this movement isn't like the other movements from back in the day. 'Alright' is the 'What's Going On' of right now. And Lamar's album "To Pimp A Butterfly," like the song, is masterful though conflicted, and sometimes frustrating, political art—it is touched by victim-blaming, respectability politics, and other things that have to go. I keep thinking about Lamar's 2011 track 'HiiiPower' which invokes Fred Hampton, Huey P. Newton, and Bobby Seale, because it seems like something has changed in the rapper in four years. He's become safer though his voice is louder and more important. This is America and Lamar is no longer a runty MC on the internet who can name-drop Black Panthers, but a superstar. And whether that's a change in attitude or the game you play to be on a major label, it's the weird confluence of politics, star power, and music industry bet-hedging that created 'Alright,' a song everybody knows and that might be more important than reminding listeners that Fred Hampton was pretty much assassinated by the Chicago police in 1969. Plus, none of that close-reading matters much when a group of activists are singing its encouraging words to one another in front of City Hall. Pop music sells escapism and at least Lamar, who knows the extent of police terror, is offering hope we can trust.