In his new track 'Humble', Kendrick Lamar raps “I’m so fucking sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks."
Many listeners liked the line, and found it empowering.
Show me something natural like Ass with the stretch marks— A (@Jxmmi) March 31, 2017
the body positive images in Kendrick new video tho #behumble #KingKendrick— the myth (@ThatsJeanDeaux) March 30, 2017
Didn't realize how much I wanted to see an ass like mine represented until I saw that ass w/ stretch marks in Kendrick's video #Humble— Bob The Drag Queen (@suzie_melonz) March 30, 2017
However, there was also significant Twitter backlash from feminists, who found Kendrick's bars patronizing and misogynistic.
Kendrick has a rather patronizing, shallow way of looking at situations relating to women. I wish I could tell him about himself lol— (@delafro_) March 31, 2017
I honestly don't care for Kendrick.I like my misogyny blatant and blasting over a trap beat. Not covered in a dashiki and incense.— Jasmine Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) March 4, 2016
listen. y'all know how much i love kenny. but the weakest part of his rap game is when he talks about/for women. https://t.co/6TTkIBapEf— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) March 31, 2017
more often than not, kendrick traffics in black consciousness that is misogynistic and black male centered. that shit is harmful.— Kimberly N. Foster (@KimberlyNFoster) March 31, 2017
What Kendrick has done here, is set the onus on Black Women to enforce authenticity, as if *we* have evr been the gatekeepers for our VALUE.— Aurielle Marie (@ElleOfTwoCities) March 31, 2017
.@kendricklamar I'm a heavy fan so it's disappointing that humble neglects to speak on real struggles of black women, not just our bodies.— kaila (@kaichare) March 31, 2017
You know the bar for Black men is low AF when just one saying he likes stretch marks is "uplifting women"— Civil Savage (@Hustle_Scholar) March 31, 2017
What do you think? Do the feminists have a point?