You’d be hard put to have missed the debate over the weekend, which has divided hip hop fans across the country. Whether you’re TeamKendrickshouldchargewhateverhewants or TeamTheticketscostwaytoomuch, it’s likely you’ve taken a side.

An article on NOISEY told us last week to stop complaining about the price of the tickets. Calling music fans increasingly entitled, they asked us what else we expected from a high-production arena show. But if feeling that I can even consider going to see one of my musical heroes perform makes me entitled, then music has become as exclusive and inaccessible as premier league football games.

My friends told me that they’ve paid similar prices in the past to see the likes of Prince, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Eminem, and that it’s, largely, been well worth it. Considering Kendrick’s televised live performances (MTV’s VMAs spring to mind, of course), there’s little doubt that this show will be hard to forget.

Maybe it is understandable then, that the best hip hop artist in the world is charging hundreds of pounds to see his show at some of the biggest venues in the country. That doesn’t stop it being heartbreaking if you can’t afford to see him. Maybe the problem is less with the artist, the record label, the demand or the availability of free music, and instead just that few of us have enough money in the bank to be able to justify, or even irresponsibly flirt with the idea of going in February.

After all, I think I would selfishly probably still want to retain my £9.99 a month Spotify Premium account and splash out on gigs every couple of months, than return to having to buy every album I wanted to listen to on CD for circa 12.99 each.

It feels rubbish whenever people are excluded from anything due to differences in wealth, unless you are a Tory, and think that such exclusions and divisions are fair and just. I guess perhaps- like education- it feels especially bad when it comes to the arts. My inner-socialist wants everyone who really, truly appreciates this artist, his music, talent, and ideas, to be able to enjoy these shows. We do, however, live in a capitalist world. And I’m not sure we can really start blaming anybody for the reality of it apart from the powers that be, and our own electorate. Certainly not Kendrick Lamar. (But a small moan is understandable, I reckon).