Handclaps For Kendrick Lamar!

So, I’m going to keep this post short today, man. Ultimately, I’m just here to congratulate Kendrick Lamar on the success of DAMN. I mean, let’s just keep it a buck for a second, son. This man hasn’t missed yet, fam. On the real, he’s never dropped a wack project and that’s including the mixtapes. Now, I’m not going to join the Peter Rosenberg bandwagon and proclaim that Kendrick is the best rapper ever. However; I can say that he’s successfully put himself on the level of the greatest emcees of all time. With that being said, let’s give that man his flowers while he can smell them.

Now, day after day, I see people complain about the state of music. At this point, there have been countless dissertations about why subgenres like “mumble rap” are trash. For me, instead of railing against shit I don’t like, I’d much rather champion the music I actually dig. So, I take pride in seeing songs like “HUMBLE.go number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. I take pride in seeing all of the songs on DAMN. set streaming records. Listen, there’s so much good music out here, so why waste time talking about the shit we don’t like? All in all, we should just jam out to whatever makes us move and call it a damn day, son.

In the end, there really isn’t much more to say here, fam. Shit, Kendrick did it again, man. Anyway, before I go, let’s just run through my favorite songs from the project. As of right now, I’m jamming out to “DNA.“, “ELEMENT.”, “LOYALTY.”, “HUMBLE.”, “FEAR.” and “DUCKWORTH.” Let’s keep the good music rolling, son. LC out.

How Is Kendrick Lamar Misogynistic?

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.