Kendrick Lamar’s New Project, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is receiving a lot of praise from fans as well as critics. However, Kendrick is facing backlash for introducing Kodak Black on his anniversary album.
Following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album on Friday (May 13), K-Dot fans took to Twitter to call out rapper Compton, Calif.
If you recall, in November 2016, Yak was accused of raping a teenage girl in his hotel room in South Carolina.
In April 2021, Kodak accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. During his hearing, the South Florida rapper spoke with the victim, who watched the process unfold on a virtual live feed. “I’m sorry this has happened and I hope we can all move forward,” he said.
Since the release of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, many have criticized the former Top Dawg Entertainment artist for including Kodak in the project and trying to atone for “a problematic/malicious individual” through themes title on his album.
“I think we’ve joined this nasty trend where ‘conscious’ rappers/artists think they’re doing something magical and/or edgy by trying to redeem and/or re-imagine problematic/toxic individuals in society. Kendrick Lamar sadly chose Kodak Black over purpose,” journalist Ernest Owens tweeted.
“Treason flares up because these artists think they’re blessing these trashy individuals in a way that society doesn’t – but they’re actually perpetuating a cycle of violence that forces them to divorce themselves.” real responsibility,” he continued. “Why should Black women and others be denied justice?”
“The annoying thing is that artists know better that they should do better but somehow they get a pass in the name of ‘being human’,” he added. “Somehow, ‘being human’ looks like collaborating with abusers and rapists, but never seeing solidarity with their victims. Hypocrisy.”
Owens went on to say that he doesn’t see any meaningful value in the above Kodak Black feature MM & TBS.
“There’s nothing noble, complicated or nuanced about Kendrick Lamar giving Kodak Black another check, platform and audience at a time when he continues to be caught up in so much controversy,” he wrote. . “Dude pleaded guilty after being accused of raping a girl while she was in high school.”
Owens concluded, “A lot of the themes of #MrMoraleAndTheBigSteppers stem from dealing with trauma around sexual abuse and/or presuppositions about it. The fact that Kendrick Lamar included Kodak Black on that album was a ‘ narrowing’ hurts me so much to focus away from that discovery.”
Many fans shared Ernest Owens’ criticism of Kodak’s inclusion on Kendrick’s album.
“I really love Kendrick Lamar’s album! And that being said, I hate rapists being put up all over the place,” one user tweeted. “I expected it to be better on that front. Seriously, Kodak isn’t so good that you can just ignore the rape charge.”
Check out more fan reactions to Kendrick Lamar to Kodak Black on his album below.
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