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Kendrick Lamar got a lot of people talking with the latest video for “Humble,” but not for the reasons he originally intended.
During the second verse of the single, he raps the following lyrics on about black women being natural.
“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.”
The video while he was spittin’ those lyrics had a split screen image of a model by the name of Carter Kim with the make up and weave look and the natural look.
That created an entire backlash with a population that believes the point is to give a woman a chance to choose the way she wants to look.
Kim heard the backlash and decided to speak up for herself in an interview with Elle:
“I’m a little puzzled because a lot of it comes from African American women,” she said. “I’m just like, why wouldn’t you empower another African American woman who’s just trying to pave the way for her career and also just represent us as women in a music video that has now gone viral. I would just think they would be happy with that, but everyone finds something.”
As for how she got that role in the video. She revealed that as well.
“They basically told me: ‘You are the natural girl that is represented in 2017 in the society that has a ton of imperfections, but still loves herself and still doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.’ And also: ‘You are the music video girl vixen. You are that very exotic pretty girl that the normal girl transforms into,’” she says. “I was very blind going into it.”
You can read the full interview here.
Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. is scheduled to be released Friday, April 14. Watch the video for “Humble” below.