Kendrick Lamar has been praised after his new album, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, contains a support track about transgender family members
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Rapper Kendrick Lamar has received rave reviews after a song about transgender members of his family, featured on his new album, brought LGBTQ issues to the forefront of hip hop culture.
The 34-year-old musician is releasing his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and features a track titled Auntie Diaries that discusses past gender transitions for his uncle and cousin.
The star recently revealed that his elementary school classmates couldn’t understand his uncle’s transition, but that hasn’t stopped their relationship from growing.
Auntie Diaries begins with the line: “My aunt is a man now / I think I’m old enough now to understand.”
It continued: “My aunt is a man now / I look at him and his girl holding hands down.”
Focus on the second sentence, meanwhile turning to his 34-year-old cousin, as he raps: “My favorite cousin says he’s paying back / And follows my aunt with the same act.” en / Demetrius is now Mary-Ann / He’s more confident to live his plan now / But this time the family doesn’t trust him.”
The track quickly became a hot topic of discussion on Twitter, with Boston Sports reporter Khari Thompson leading the charge saying, “Yo ‘Auntie Diaries’ can be a REAL barrier-breaker in hip-hop. Kendrick spoke openly about her aunt and cousin’s transition and ‘choosing people over religion’.”
Another user commented: “Auntie Diaries is the first song to get huge support from the transgender community from a big rap artist like Kendrick and I can’t say how happy I am about it.”
A third said: “Auntie Diaries is a song for black people who encounter anti-LGBT sentiment growing up in black families. At 13, my dad asked me if I was gay. because I don’t agree with you that all gay people belong in prison or worse.”
The tributes went on to come out with: “Auntie Diaries won’t push people further to the left, but for those involved in Kendrick’s experience, it absolutely will. who’s not, here’s a conversation starter. That song is introducing something to mainstream hip hop that wasn’t there before.”
However, not all comments are positive. Some detractors accuse the star of misrepresenting – using a pronoun that doesn’t reflect the gender someone identifies.
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One disgruntled user said: “It would take me a minute to process a song like Auntie Diaries, where dead naming and misdirection would be defended as a raw and honest look at acceptance. recognition in art. This is a song for people who frankly congratulate themselves for having ‘conversation’.”
Another user pointed out Lamar’s apparent deviation, adding: “If you support Kendrick Lamar after the movie Auntie Diaries (the song title itself is a false redirect) then let me know so I can block it. you because you’re so hungry for the crumbs that people throw at us that you’ve lost your morals.”
Meanwhile, on the same day, Lamar, who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, announced a world tour to promote the new record.
Starting on 19 July in Oaklah, he will then give five shows in the UK in November (Leeds 3rd, Newcastle 4th, Birmingham 5th, London 7th and 8th). , before ending things in New Zealand in December.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/kendrick-lamar-wins-praise-supportive-26962243 Kendrick Lamar Wins Praise For Supporting Song About Transgender Family Members