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.