Kendrick Lamar gets praise for supporting song about trans family members
Kendrick Lamar has been hailed after his new album, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, contained a supporting track about transgender members of his own family
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar has received praise after a song about his transgender family members, which appears on his new album, brought LGBTQ issues to the forefront of hip hop culture.
The 34-year-old musician releases his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and features a track called Auntie Diaries which deals with past gender transitions made by his uncle and cousin.
The star recently revealed that her elementary school classmates didn’t understand her uncle’s transition, but that didn’t stop their relationship from growing.
Auntie Diaries begins with the line: “My aunt is a man now / I think I’m old enough to understand now.”
He continues, “My aunt is a man now / I watch him and his daughter hold their hands down.”
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Focus in the second verse, meanwhile, turns to the 34-year-old’s cousin, as he raps: “My favorite cousin said he was reciprocating / And follows my aunt with the same behavior / Demetrius is Mary-Ann now / He’s more confident to live out his plan now / But the family in disbelief this time.”
The track quickly became a hot topic of discussion on Twitter, with Boston Sports reporter Khari Thompson leading the cheers: “Yo ‘Auntie Diaries’ could be REAL barrier-breaking stuff in hip-hop. Kendrick talks openly about his aunt and cousin’s transition and ‘choosing humanity over religion’.”
Another user commented, “Auntie Diaries is the first major support song for the trans community from a rap artist as great as Kendrick and I can’t express how happy I am.”
A third said: “Auntie Diaries is a song for black people who have encountered anti-LGBT sentiment growing up in black families. When I was 13 my dad asked me if I was gay because I was not disagree with him that all gay people belong in jail or worse.”
The praise continued with: “Auntie Diaries isn’t going to push everyone further left, but for people who relate to Kendrick’s experience, it absolutely will. For those who don’t, it’s a conversation starter. This track introduces something to mainstream hip hop that didn’t exist before.”
However, not all reviews were glowing. Some critics have accused the star of getting it wrong – using a pronoun that doesn’t correctly reflect the gender someone identifies with.
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One disgruntled user said: “It’s gonna take me a minute to process a song like Auntie Diaries where dead names and gender errors will be defended as a raw, honest look at shrewd acceptance. This is a song made for that straight people congratulate each other for having the ‘conversation’.”
Another user pointed out Lamar’s apparent misunderstanding, adding, “If you’re supporting Kendrick Lamar after Auntie Diaries (the song name itself is wrong) let me know so I can block you because you you’re so hungry for crumbs that straight people throw at us that you’ve lost your morals.”
Later that day, meanwhile, Lamar, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2018, announced a world tour to promote the new record.
Starting July 19 in Oaklahoma City, it will later perform five UK shows in November (Leeds 3, Newcastle 4, Birmingham 5, London 7 and 8), before finishing in New Zealand in December.
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