Kendrick Lamar's rise to mainstream prominence might suggest an end to the "ignorant" era in rap music, dominated by the likes of "crunk" and big-budget thugging. Maybe we all realized the world was too messed up for us to accept blatant detachment from issues that matter.

There's chaos unfolding all around us—literally, if you're living on the East Coast—so, perhaps we figured it's time we took a second to research and discuss issues affecting young people. Let's take it a step further and head to the polls. In the age of information, a time when people carry the Internet around in their pockets, there's no excuse for being uninformed.

That said, shame on Kendrick Lamar for not voting.