Light-Skinned Vs. Dark-Skinned Beauty: Kendrick Lamar’s Fascinating “Poetic Justice” Video Backstory

Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” video is definitely one of our favorites of the year thus far. K. Dot and Drake may not have gotten their Janet Jackson cameo, so the two play out a tragic love triangle instead. But who knew there was also a dramatic backstory during in the making of the video? Kendrick’s love interest, model Brittany Sky, almost didn’t make the final cut. In part 2 of Info’s exclusive backstage interview with KL, the rapper revealed why he fired the original leading lady on set, and plucked Sky out of the crowd of extras…

“We had another girl for the lead but I had an idea where I just wanted a little bit of a darker tone [girl] in the video,“ Kendrick tells Miss Info. Kendrick was sick of seeing only light-skinned video models. “It’s almost like a color blind industry where there’s only one type of appeal to the camera.“

“I give [Brittany] the credit, too, for just being there, and being a natural, genuine young lady. She wasn’t all in the open, trying to jump in [front] of the camera. She was cool, just chilling. I always kept in the back of my mind like ‘you don’t ever see this tone of a woman in videos. ‘” Kendrick says, “No disrespect, I love all women, period. But at the same time, I still feels like it needs that balance.“

Kendrick Lamar tells Miss Info why he replaced the original star of the “Poetic Justice” video right before the shoot.

Miss Info: Just as you saw in the first clip of our interview, Kendrick is very aware and insightful about the pluses and pitfalls of his work. He even acknowledges that while he’s happy he could make a small move to counteract some of the skin-tone prejudice in his business, it’s just a drop in a bucket. And he makes no bones about the fact that hip hop objectifies women in many ways. So glad we got the chance to talk this week.

So happy someone is finally sticking up for the dark skin girls in hip hop. I love that we may see some balance now!