Kendrick Lamar recently released new music that we’ve been anticipating. But, like most of Kendrick’s material, his new single, “Humble”, comes with some controversy and THIS TIME, I’m really not sure why.
Read the lyrics below from the 2nd verse
“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.”
Before I share my discombobulation over the outrage of some of the women, hit play below to the visual to K-dot’s “Humble”.
I’ve played this over and over again to feel the outrage that’s been sparked by some of my sistahs and to be honest…I’m still perplexed. In fact, the more I listen, the more I dig it.
I’ve been following the outrage of some of the women on social media…particularly Twitter and I’ve read some valid points about misogyny in Hip Hop. That’s a general observation I’ve had for years as a hip hop fan. However, I don’t see the need to knock the brotha for simply expressing in his art that he doesn’t mind flaws and that’s EXACTLY what he’s doing.
In my humble opinion, I feel like some of you folks need to project your anger over the objectification of black women at those who truly deserve it. How about this beauty expert? –>read here
I’ve been reading and hearing that Kendrick is “problematic” and “expressed his own sexual desires”. I’ve also read and heard that the word “bitch” was used numerous times in the video which also sends the wrong message.
One…you have to understand hip hop and have listened to it long enough to know that his usage of the B word was not intended for his female listeners. In fact, if you’ve been following Kendrick since “Control”, you’d realize “Humble” is a diss track.
Two…This artist expressed love for natural beauty, yet all some of you hear are a certain group of women being empowered while another group is being “shamed”.
Nowhere in this single is this artist expressing disdain for any group of women. None of his lyrics display disrespect to those who have had plastic surgery. I fail to hear where he’s said anything negative towards women who wears weaves and/or has had plastic surgery through this single. Saying he wants to see a natural ass with stretch marks is not him expressing that we SHOULD be one way or another. I take that as an expression of overlooking flaws and seeing beauty that’s natural….and natural, in itself, is beauty.
The man even expressed he’s sick and tired of Photoshop images, but y’all wanna be mad about that, too! If he would have said we should post Photoshopped images and images with layers of filters to alter our natural appearance, then y’all would really have something to be outraged about!
If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar, then you’d know he tells a story and expresses his thoughts and feelings through his art. If you’ve listened to two of his biggest albums, then you’ve listened to his struggles with negative thoughts, feelings on black on black crime, self-love, love of black people and being black. With his art, he could easily continue to evolve as a lyricist, especially if he continues to praise the natural beauty of a black woman as he has in “Humble”. That’s big for any hip hop artist to do because we (natural women) aren’t celebrated properly as much as we should be.
This faux outrage is draining and unnecessary, to say the least. Y’all wanna be mad at someone? Direct your anger towards Bill O’Reilly for trying to come for Maxine Waters!
When you think of the word, “intimacy”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
What if I told you that the meaning of intimacy goes deeper than all of those.
Let’s look at Webster’s definition of intimacy…
the state of being intimate; a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group; a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.
Intimacy is openness, transparency, acceptance, being candid and honest, and sharing all of yourself beyond the physical. Intimacy is also self-revelation and being comfortable with sharing those revelations with your partner. To openly share your thoughts, your attitudes, and your feelings without feeling like you’ll be judged says a lot about how mature your relationship is.
Kendrick Lamar is the perfect example of a man who displays that kind of maturity. In a 2015 interview with ‘Billboard’, he had this to say about his fiance, Whitney Alford.
Kendrick perfectly illustrates what goes down in the truest form of intimacy; vulnerability, transparency, and obviously not being afraid to be any of that with his woman….his best friend 🙂
We have to distinguish the difference between true intimacy and false intimacy, as well.
False intimacy is lust, physical attraction and admiring the exterior of a person without truly knowing who they are on the inside. False intimacy can be tricky and it can lead situationships, as opposed to a healthy relationships.
Intimacy is about being emotionally close to your partner, not just physically. Allowing your partner to let their guard down is the best feeling in the world, because they are showing you that they’re trusting you with their inner most secrets and desires. That’s the kind of intimacy that will keep a relationship solid. A relationship without true intimacy can be boring and uninspiring.
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’ lands the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, despite no promo or marketing for his project. That is VERY impressive. But, then again, an artist of his caliber would be able to achieve this type of success! I’m not surprised about his accomplishment.
‘Untitled. Unmastered’ sold 178,000 units. 142,000 of those were album sales.
Kendrick Lamar hit us with a new one and this comes with no promotion or marketing. Another artist who simply can just drop newness and score. We all know who else is famous for this type of marketing strategy. Only the great ones can pull that off.
Kendrick’s latest project, ‘Untitled Unmastered’, includes a collection of unreleased tracks and demos, dating back to 2013; tracks that didn’t make the cut on his last successful album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. In an interview with Two Dope Boyz, Kendrick shares why the unreleased songs he’s performed during his recent public appearances, including the Grammys, didn’t make the album.
“You see all these performances on these late night shows,” he said. “I got a chamber of material from the album that I was in love where sample clearances or something as simple as a deadline kept it off the album. But I think probably close to ten songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut.”
‘Untitled Unmastered’ is available on all digital music outlets
When we thought we couldn’t love Kendrick Lamar any more than we already do, we find out about this!
Kendrick is ALWAYS showing love to the City of Compton, where he’s from. So, it’s no surprise to find out that he’s brought students from his old high school to the Grammys with him. According toEssence, he even brought them all sneakers, courtesy of Reebok.
The rapper made sure the group received swag and gift bags that included a new pair of sneakers, all courtesy of Reebok. They also got the chance to hang out with Lamar before the show and to talk to him about his career and influences. For Lamar, it was just another way to give back and stay grounded.
“It just reminds me of where you come from, and I can see they’re full of energy the way I used to have it, just motivation to want to do something with yourselves,” Lamar said. “In the next 10 year from now, hopefully they’d be further from where I’m at.