Kendrick has been praised for his new album, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, contained a supportive track about the transgender members of his own family
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Kendrick lamar, a rapper, has been praised for his song about his transgender family members. It appears on his new album.
The 34-year-old musician is releasing his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and features a track titled Auntie Diaries which discusses past gender transitions made by his uncle and cousin.
Recently, the star revealed that his elementary school classmates couldn’t understand his uncle’s transition. However, that didn’t stop them from growing their relationship.
Auntie Diaries starts with the line: “My auntie is a man now / I think I’m old enough to understand now.”
It doesn’t stop there: “My auntie is a man now / I watch him and his girl hold their hands down.”
Concentrate on the second verse. Meanwhile, focus on the cousin of the 34-year-old as he raps. “My favourite cousin said he’s returning the favour / And following my auntie with the same behaviour / Demetrius is Mary-Ann now / He’s more confident to live his plan now / But the family in disbelief this time.”
Khari Thompson, a Boston Sports reporter, quickly made the track a topic of conversation on Twitter. “Yo ‘Auntie Diaries’ could be some REAL barrier-breaking stuff in hip-hop. Kendrick talking openly about his aunt and cousin transitioning and ‘choosing humanity over religion’.”
Another user commented: “Auntie Diaries is the first song in major support of the trans community from a rap artist as big as Kendrick and I can’t voice how happy I am for it.”
Another said: “Auntie Diaries is a song for black people who encountered anti-LGBT sentiment growing up in black families. At 13, my dad asked me if I was gay because I didn’t agree with him that all gay people belong in jail or worse.”
Continue the praise with: “Auntie Diaries ain’t gonna push everyone farther to the left, but for the people who relate to Kendrick’s experience, it absolutely will. For those who it doesn’t, it’s a conversation starter. That track is introducing something to mainstream hip hop that wasn’t there before.”
Not all comments were positive. Some people accused the star, however, of misgendering. This is when he uses a pronoun which does not accurately reflect the gender that 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 deadnaming and misgendering will be defended as a raw and honest look at in-artful acceptance. This is a song made for straight people to congratulate themselves for having the ‘conversation’.”
Another user mentioned Lamar’s misgendering and added: “If you support Kendrick Lamar after Auntie Diaries (song name itself is misgendering) then let me know so I can block you ’cause you’re just so hungry for the crumbs straight people toss at us that you lost your morals.”
Lamar, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music 2018 in Music, announced a worldwide tour to promote his new album later in the day.
Beginning July 19th in Oaklahoma City he will perform five shows at the UK in November (Leeds, Newcastle, 4th, Birmingham 5th and London 7th and 8th), before completing his show in New Zealand in Dec.
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