Kendrick Lamar Sparks Debate With Trans Raps On “Auntie Diaries”

Kendrick Lamar generated an enormous amount of social media conversation with the release of his new album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.


One of the album’s songs, “Auntie Diaries,” garnered attention for its subject matter in particular. Kendrick Lamar raps about accepting trans relatives on the song.

Kendrick Lamar details growing up with a transgender uncle on “Auntie Diaries.” He recalls how he processed his uncle’s gender identity during his childhood.

“My auntie became a man and I took pride in it / She was not gay, she ate p ####, and that was the difference / That’s what I told my friends in second grade / She picking me up from school, they stare at her in the face / They could not comprehend what I grew accustomed, ”he raps.


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Kendrick Lamar also tells the story of a transgender cousin. In one anecdote, K. Dot describes a confrontation with a preacher who singled out his cousin in front of the congregation.

“I said, ‘Mr. Preacherman, should we love thy neighbor? / The laws of the land or the heart, what’s greater? / I recognize the study she was taught since birth / But that do not justify the feelings that my cousin preserved ‘/ The building was thinking out loud, bad angel / That’s when you looked at me and smiled, said, ‘Thank you’ / The day I chose humanity over religion, ”he raps.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Aunties Diaries” elicited both praise and criticism on Twitter. Some felt it should be celebrated while others took issue with the track’s language and execution.

Check out some of the reactions to “Auntie Diaries” below.

Auntie Diaries is the first song in major support of the trans community from a rap artist as big as Kendrick and I can not voice how happy I am for it

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that kendrick song kinda brings up complicated feelings for me cause it reminds me of the way i got certain family members who “accept” me yet still see me as my old self. like they “trying” and i appreciate that much but they still dont actually * see * me if that makes sense

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We are not about to “cancel” Kendrick over Auntie Diaries. The most powerful man in hip-hop wrote a whole song supporting trans rights and acknowledging the homophobia he participated in. In a genre that has a history of homophobia, this moves the convo in the right direction.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “Auntie Diaries” off #MrMoraleAndTheBigSteppers is an incredible song about trans acceptance & intersectionality but a lot of people are hung up on some of its problematic elements. Here’s a thread attempting to clear up the confusion. 💜🧵 1 / x https://t.co/N1UgZFviEV

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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 ppl to congratulate themselves for having the ‘conversation’

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no bc straight people are all like “auntie diaries is amazing” and gay people are all like “why did he say f * gg * t” and straight people are explaining to us why it was a good thing. do u see the problem here

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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 did not agree with him that all gay people belong in jail or worse.

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