Kendrick Lamar’s musings about a transgender relative on his new track, “Auntie Diaries,” has proved controversial, sparking a debate on social media.
Lamar, 34, raps candidly on the track, from his recently released album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, as he discusses his own journey with homophobia as a youngster and how it affected his acceptance of his family member’s transition.
However, the musician uses a homophobic slur in telling the story, and he repeatedly misgenders his relative and refers to him by his birth name—or, as it is known among the trans community, his “deadname.”
Excerpts of the lyrics shared online include: “Back when it was comedic relief to say ‘f*****’ / F*****, f*****, f, we ain’t know no better / Elementary kids with no filter however / My auntie became a man and I took pride in it / She wasn’t gay, she ate p****, and that was the difference.”
Freelance writer and photojournalist Adrie Rose posted the excerpt on Twitter early Friday, as well as a screenshot showing the homophobic slur.