Kendrick Lamar’s new project, mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is receiving critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. However, Kendrick is facing backlash for using Kodak Black on his celebrated album.
Following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album on Friday (May 13), K-Dot fans took to Twitter to shout out the Compton, California rapper for having recorded Kodak several times on the project amid allegations of sexual assault. it.
If you recall, in November 2016 Yak was charged with allegedly raping a teenage girl in his South Carolina hotel room.
In April 2021, Kodak accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to first degree assault and was sentenced to 18 months probation. During his hearing, the South Florida rapper addressed the victim, who followed the proceedings on a virtual live feed. “I’m sorry this happened and I’m hopeful that we can all move forward,” he said.
Since the release of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, many people have criticized the former Top Dawg Entertainment artist for bringing Kodak into the project and trying to redeem a “problematic/toxic individual” through the topics on his album.
“I think we’ve gotten into this annoying trend of ‘conscious’ rappers/artists who think they’re doing something enlightening and/or edgy by trying to redeem and/or reimagine problematic/toxic individuals in society. Kendrick Lamar unfortunately chose Kodak Black on target,” tweeted journalist Ernest Owens.
“The betrayal stings because these performers think they are ‘grazing’ these crap individuals in a way that society isn’t — but they’re actually perpetuating a violent cycle of separating from them with real responsibility,” he continued. “Why should black women and others be denied justice?”
“The bad thing is that artists who know better should do better, but somehow they get fit in the name of being human,” he added. “Somehow, being human continues to seem like collaborating with abusers and rapists, but never solidarity with their victims. The hypocrisy.”
Owens went on to say he saw no meaningful value in a Kodak Black feature on MM&TBS†
“There’s nothing noble, complex, or nuanced about Kendrick Lamar giving Kodak Black another check, platform and audience at a time when he’s still embroiled in so much controversy,” he wrote. “The dude took a plea deal after he was accused of raping a girl when she was in high school.”
Owens concluded: “So many of the themes of #MrMoraleAndTheBigSteppers are rooted in confronting and/or suspecting sexual abuse trauma. The fact that Kendrick Lamar would include Kodak Black on that album is a ‘contraction’ that hurts a lot. focus away from that exploration.”
Many fans shared Ernest Owens’ criticism that Kodak was on Kendrick’s album.
“I really love Kendrick Lamar’s album! And that said, I hate that the rapist is all over it,” one user tweeted. “I expected better on that front. Seriously, Kodak isn’t that damn good for you to ignore the IDC rape conviction.”
Check out more of Kendrick Lamar’s fan reactions to Kodak Black on his album below.
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