Kendrick Lamar Stepping into the area that seemingly every major rapper has refused entry… drew attention to the transgender community and offered his support by recounting his personal experiences.
On his song “Auntie Diaries”, Kendrick begins with the rap “My auntie is a man now”… and then, he goes on to talk about his transition. Later in the song, he revealed that his cousin is trans as well, rapping, “Demetrius is Mary Ann now.”
Kendrick says, “I mean he’s really Mary Ann, and he even took things even further. He changed his gender before Bruce Jenner was sure. Live his truth even if it means seeing a surgeon.”
Of course, many people have taken to social media to share their thoughts – many calling it a groundbreaking rap song and pointing to the fact that this has never happened before, at least not by a famous artist of this type.
It’s so important… Kendrick raps openly and candidly about learning to understand and grow from these family members. He even talks about being in grade school and the mistakes he made, including when he uses anti-gay insults.
At one point, he said “the day I chose humanity over religion, the family came close, and everything was forgiven” … It is clear that he took a stand against homophobia, especially in the church.
As you may know, Kendrick released his highly anticipated album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” on Friday. He’s been known to touch on really important topics in his music…and this album clearly didn’t disappoint.