So, I won’t lie, son, I’m confused. I’m thoroughly, thoroughly confused by some of the criticism Kendrick Lamar is receiving for his “HUMBLE.” lyrics. Now, maybe I’m not as in touch with women’s issues as I thought I was. However; I truly don’t understand how anything he said in that song could be considered misogynistic. All I know is, I would really like someone to explain the problem to me.
Now, before I continue, I’d like to give my audience some advice. Everyone needs to go listen to Kendrick’s new song, son! I mean, that shit is hard as nails, bruh! First off, Mike WiLL Made-It killed the beat. Second, Kendrick resurrected the beat and then killed it again. Third… well, there is no “third,” man. Look, just listen to the song, people!
Moving on, the mini uproar started when Kendrick made a reference to stretch marks in the second verse. Now, the lyrics in question are as follows:
“I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop
Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor
Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks
Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks”
Ok, on face value, I see no reason to beef with these bars, son. When I heard these lines, I took them as him encouraging women to embrace who they naturally are. Yes, women absolutely have the right to make any change they see fit. However; a lady’s individuality should be uplifted too, man. No, a woman should not be defined solely based on her looks, but just because a man makes a comment doesn’t mean that’s all he values from the opposite sex.
Look, we live in a society that constantly tries to dictate the standard of beauty. Day after day, tons of women go to the same plastic surgeons in an effort to look like some stereotypical type of person. I mean, just take one look at all of the “models” on Instagram, son. I literally can’t tell a lot of them apart anymore. To make matters worse, others are actually dying from trying to keep up with these homogeneous depictions of femininity.
Hell, just look at the story of Kanye West‘s mom, Donda West. Apparently, she didn’t feel beautiful enough while living in Los Angeles. So, she tried to alter her appearance and it led to her death. Too add insult to injury, Kanye has previously stated that he blames himself for exposing her to this kind of environment. Ultimately, what was it all for, man?
In the end, despite the length of this post, I still don’t feel like I have a handle on this situation. With that being said, can someone explain the issue to me? I never thought I’d see the day when someone would be criticized for telling women that they’re beautiful the way they are. I guess I’m just clueless out here, bruh. LC out.