“Humble” Tackles Misogyny In Hip-Hop: Music Monday & Kendrick Lamar
by TRN Staff,
When Kendrick Lamar dropped “The Heart Part 4” last week, fans rejoiced by flocking to download and get a glimpse at his first video “Humble”. The video was directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies and features Lamar draped in Pope-like garb as he attends what looks like a version of “The Last Supper”.
If somehow you off the grid all weekend and missed the vid, here’s a look…
The lyrics simultaneously declares the boasts continually personified in hip-hop while demonizing it as well. Lamar dismantles the pettiness of greed, lust of photo-shopped “ideal” models and the God-like mentality that underlies hip hop while perpetuating the same characteristics by exploiting them.
The religious imagery of messiahs, papal leaders and the re-imaging of one of the most sacred events in the Christian belief took a back seat to the one issue that set the twitterverse ablaze—the images of Black women.
In the video, as Lamar rhymes “I’m so f**kin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop
Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor
Show me somethin’ natural like a$$ with some stretchmarks“, the pictures erase the perfect image of a typical video vixens to reveal the same woman minus the digital and cosmetic enhancements and her true beauty. Some fans loved the video, especially the commentary giving the nod to natural Black beauty.
But others called Lamar out for still being part of the problem he was trying to battle.
The conversation eventually drifted to the idea that women are still objected in hip hop as mere sexual objects. It’s not just hip hop that does this. The idea of a “trophy-wife” is just as ingrained in politics and pro-sports…the more money the man makes, the better looking spouse his stature seems to earn him. While many applaud Lamar for acknowledging this mentality in the world, some fans thinks he didn’t go far enough in addressing the issue.
What do you think…is Lamar’s new single tackling not just that issue but others head on, one line at a time? Are fans expecting musicians and celebrities to remedy social issues that lie beyond their influence? Or is it just another song and celebrity using social causes to climb higher on the ladder of success?