Kendrick Lamar Praised For His Trans Support On The Song "Auntie Diaries"

On "Auntie Diaries" Kendrick raps about two family members who have transitioned.

BYAlexander Cole
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Kendrick Lamar's new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers has officially been released, much to the delight of hip-hop heads everywhere. Kendrick is one of those artists where time stands still whenever he drops something and as you can imagine, fans are trying to dissect everything he is saying in his new tracks.

One song that has garnered a ton of attention is the track "Auntie Diaries." In this song, Kendrick raps about a relative who transitioned into a man. He also raps about his cousin who transitioned into a woman and how he had to come to grips with these changes. Kendrick speaks about homophobia and transphobia in the Christian and rap communities, and how he needed to grow as a person in order to accept his family members.

While speaking on his cousin, Kendrick says "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." From there, Kendrick makes amends with these thoughts by saying "The day I chose humanity over religion the family got closer, it was all forgiven.

So far, Kendrick is receiving widespread praise for his pro-LGBTQ+ song. However, he is receiving quite a bit of criticism from some advocates who claim his gratuitous use of the F-word isn't doing anything positive for the message of the song. In addition to this, Kendrick has received pushback for using the deadnames of his relatives. Despite these criticisms, most fans believe this is a huge step forward for hip-hop as the game's biggest artist is coming out in support of trans identity.

Let us know how you felt about the song, in the comments down below.

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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.