Fans also brought up Kodak’s reported colorist remarks while mentioning Lamar addressing sexual assault on “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.”
On what has arguably been considered to be Lamar’s most introspective album to date, he repeatedly addresses sexual assault. Kodak was previously accused of raping a teenage girl in a hotel and biting her during the alleged altercation. Last year, Kodak reportedly pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree assault and was given a 10-year suspended sentence, along with 18 months probation. Additionally, people have also brought up Kodak’s prior colorist remarks where he spoke disparagingly about dark-skinned women.
Lamar’s fans have been debating—and downright arguing—about Kodak’s inclusion throughout the day. Some have stated that they’re disappointed to see Lamar give so much space to an alleged rapist, while others have stood by Kodak’s side and retorted that Hip Hop purists are just upset that their favorite rapper is a fan of Black, as well.
Check out a few reactions below and let us know what you think of “Silent Hill.”
Y’all were wondering how R Kelly got away with everything he’s done for so long, and now y’all get hyped about Kodak being on Kendrick’s album. Very interesting. Y’all always swear to be/do better than the older generation, but nope.
— Kordell is not perfect by far ! (@Thestallion270) May 13, 2022
kendrick hopped in the studio for 5 years and came up with is homophobic and transphobic slurs, kodak features, talking about fucking white women, and being anti cancel culture (for the wrong reasons)
— jordy (sassy era) (@notjordyfromtt) May 13, 2022
"How could he put Kodak Black on the album if he's so deep and woke"
Literally, Kendrick on the album (N95), "what the fuck is cancel culture?"
— . (@CAWBBBB) May 13, 2022
kendrick put kodak black onna whole project but wanna rap about sexual assault awareness ? what is going on son
— CRUZIN (@byCRUZIN) May 13, 2022
There's nothing noble, complex, or nuanced about Kendrick Lamar giving Kodak Black another check, platform, and audience at a time when he continues to be embroiled in so much controversy.
Dude took a plea deal after being accused of raping a girl when she was in high school.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) May 13, 2022
Why are people acting confused at Kendrick Lamar having Kodak Black on his album, He literally threatened to pull his music off of Spotify when they removed R Kelly's.
Rappers are just not good people
— Naomi hit me (@naomistanacc1) May 13, 2022
Only Kendrick could turn Kodak to Edgar Allen Poe
— schni-dot (@schn_fl) May 13, 2022
& I’m not surprised by the Kodak Black feature on Kendrick’s album. This is just another day of “the culture” enabling abusers. I remember when him & his label (TDE) threatened to remove their music from Spotify if Spotify removed Xxxtinct & R. Kelly from major playlists.
— Bella Goth (@HotCommieGal) May 13, 2022
Cole and Kendrick going out of their way to keep Kodak around is all anyone should need about the depth of their artistry or care for “the people”…
— fadumo (@saintfadumo) May 13, 2022
I h8 Kendrick for what he did on this album. You have started a storm that you don’t even have to be here to deal with. And that makes me mad because this is the same man that wrote about colorism and the effects of it just to have Kodak on this album 3 whole times…
— TRIN 🦧 (@TheClitBeater) May 13, 2022