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Kendrick Lamar Drops Slur-Laden Song About Trans Relatives, Fans React

Kendrick Lamar Drops Slur-Laden Song About Trans Relatives, Fans React

Kendrick Lamar Drops Slur-Laden Song About Trans Relatives, Fans React

While well-intentioned, he uses the f-slur and deadnames in problematic new track "Auntie Diaries". 

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Grammy-award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped his new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers today and his new song "Auntie Diaries" is raising eyebrows in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Trigger warning: misgendering, deadnaming, and slur usage ahead. 

The track details the story of Lamar's two transgender relatives. He opens the track with "My auntie is a man now," a phrase he repeats throughout the rap. He details the point of transition and reactions of his older family members. 

"Asked my momma why my uncles don't like him that much/And at the parties why they always wanna fight him that much/She said, "Ain't no tellin'/Niggas always been jealous because he had more women."

Lamar then says he took pride in his uncle's identity because he was "The first person I seen write a rap/That's when my life had changed."

Later in the song, he transitions to a new focus, a cousin. "Demetrius is Mary Ann now," he raps.

"I mean he's really Mary-Ann, even took things further/Changed his gender before Bruce Jenner was certain/Living his truth even if it meant see a surgeon."

He continues on to call out Mary Ann's treatment by the local church who believed her to be an "abomination."

"The day I chose humanity over religion/The family got closer, it was all forgiven."

Lamar also comments on the usage of the f-slur "back when it was comedic relief," he raps, repeating the word several times throughout the song. "We ain't know no better." He ends the track with a realization. "To truly understand love, switch position/'Faggot, faggot, faggot,' we can say it together/But only if you let a white girl say 'Nigga'"

While the lyrics aren't exactly politically correct, Lamar seems well-intentioned and is advocating for an embracing of the transgender community, especially within Black families. "My auntie was a man now, we cool with it/The history had trickled down and made us ign'ant," he summarizes at one point.

Lamar and the track are certainly starting a conversation:

 

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!