When Kendrick Lamar released his new album on May 13, listeners were left awestruck by the controversial and problematic album that intensified people’s unconscious biases.

We were all ready to hear what was sure to be a thought-provoking lyrical masterpiece. But at first glance, listeners wondered why a Kodak Black feature was allowed on the album despite him pleading guilty to first-degree assault and battery after being charged for sexually assaulting a high school girl. Yet, the feature was just the surface of the album’s problematic ways.

Still, some of the album’s intricacies didn’t stop us from becoming engulfed with the full project and its riveting takes on abuse, trauma, atonement and accountability.

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