Some think Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." lyric about stretch marks is empowering to women, while others see it as veiled misogyny.
Though "HUMBLE." is the title, Kendrick Lamar is anything but on his new single. Over a warped snap beat from Mike Will Made-It, he raps about slaying the competition while satirizing hip-hop's dick-measuring contest in the process. He veers away from the shit-talking only for a few moments, such as when he raps about the type of woman he wants to come his way:
"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"
His line about the stretch mark-clad booty has been the source of particular scrutiny, inspiring many reactions on social media. There are some women who feel that Kendrick is progressive for embracing a body type that is usually underrepresented in popular culture (and hip-hop). Others, though, feel differently -- arguing that Kendrick is simply bringing up "natural" women in his song because they are sexually pleasing to him at this point in time.
Take a look at the various reactions below.
Show me something natural like Ass with the stretch marks 💯💯💯— A (@Jxmmi) March 31, 2017
Every girl with stretch marks on their booty will now be a Kendrick Lamar fan forever— anr. (@zza__) March 31, 2017
RT if you agree with Kendrick Lamar pic.twitter.com/hV1nugRPk7— Holy Grail ® ™ (@ODMendel) March 31, 2017
big nods to kendrick lamar for making space for women w/ stretch marks in the video though.— ✨Twerk McGirt✨ (@UrLeadingLady) March 31, 2017
may his edges ever be in tact✨
Kendrick Lamar requests that his girl has stretch marks in his new song and I genuinely feel quite moved— Darcy (@darcykdixon) 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
.@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
KENDRICK LAMAR: You're beautiful when you're natural— Wild Wild Seth (@SpikeReeds) March 31, 2017
TWITTER FEMINISTS: pic.twitter.com/YbNAjlrl53
Men's idealization of 'natural beauty' only extends to stretch marks on an hour glass figure, or a symmetrical face without acne scars.— Ari C. (@lit_ari_ture) 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