TDE artist SZA came to the defense of labelmate Kendrick Lamar during a recent interview with Glamour. When asked to weigh in on the controversy sparked over Lamar lyrics that have been deemed misogynistic, the Ctrl songstress said she didn't see an issue with what the DAMN. rapper was saying.
K. Dot sparked a debate with the release of his single, "Humble," during which he at one point raps: "I'm so f**kin' sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks." While many women applauded the line for its timing, in an era saturated with the imagery of body parts enhanced by plastic surgery, some charge that Kendrick still objectifies women's bodies and cite the line that follows as one that sexualizes his subject. "Still will take you down right on your mama's couch in Polo socks," the rhyme goes on to say.
“How is that misogyny if he’s supporting positive body image? I think that’s so weird, and it’s reaching,” SZA says, arguing that the line is more celebratory than exploitative. “If you want to support women, you should support all shapes of women...I used to be 200 pounds, and I have stretch marks all over my body. I find more comfort and solace with Kendrick reinforcing that I'm beautiful. I don’t really feel anything misogynistic from that.”