Kendrick Lamar announces world tour after receiving praise for song about trans family members

Kendrick Lamar released his fifth studio album on Friday and received both praise and criticism for a track about his trans family members.

And the rap superstar made sure to strike while the iron is hot as he announced a world tour while the internet was buzzing about his latest release.

The 34-year-old Compton, California native – who earned the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2018 – will be hitting the road in support for his album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers beginning this summer.

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Coming soon: Kendrick Lamar (seen in October 2016) announced a world tour on Friday in support for his sixth studio album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Coming soon: Kendrick Lamar (seen in October 2016) announced a world tour on Friday in support for his sixth studio album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Highly-anticipated: The tour will begin on July 19 in Oklahoma City as the supporting acts are Kendrick's cousin Baby Keem and artist Tanna Leone

Highly-anticipated: The tour will begin on July 19 in Oklahoma City as the supporting acts are Kendrick’s cousin Baby Keem and artist Tanna Leone

His supporting acts will include Baby Keem who is his cousin and was featured on several tracks of his latest release including N95, Die Hard, Savior (Interlude), and Savior.

Artist Tanna Leone will also be featured as he is on Kendrick’s record label pgLang and was on the track Mr. Morale in the new album.

The tour will begin on July 19 in Oklahoma City with a date at the Paycom Center as the US leg of dates will end in his hometown of Los Angeles with two dates at the Crypto.com Arena on September 14 and 15.

On the road: The US leg of dates will end in his hometown of Los Angeles with two dates at the Crypto.com Arena on September 14 and 15

On the road: The US leg of dates will end in his hometown of Los Angeles with two dates at the Crypto.com Arena on September 14 and 15

On the road: The US leg of dates will end in his hometown of Los Angeles with two dates at the Crypto.com Arena on September 14 and 15

Everywhere: Weeks later he (seen in April 2017) begins dates in Europe on October 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Everywhere: Weeks later he (seen in April 2017) begins dates in Europe on October 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Weeks later he begins dates in Europe on October 7 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

He will have five dates in England including November 3 in Leeds, November 4 in Newcastle, November 5 in Birmingham, before concluding with two dates in London at the 02 Arena on November 7 and 8.

The tour will conclude with four dates in Australia and one in Auckland, New Zealand in early December.

This comes amid plenty of social media reaction to his track Auntie Diaries in which he raps about his trans family members.

Masterpiece: Kendrick released his sixth studio album which resulted in plenty of social media reaction to his track Auntie Diaries in which he raps about his trans family members

Masterpiece: Kendrick released his sixth studio album which resulted in plenty of social media reaction to his track Auntie Diaries in which he raps about his trans family members

The song was mainly met with praise on the Internet, however, there were also detractors who accused him of misgendering his relatives with pronouns use and also repeated use of an LGBTQ slur.

Kendrick begins Auntie Diaries by rapping: ‘My auntie is a man now / I think I’m old enough to understand now.’

He went on to say that his classmates in elementary school couldn’t understand his uncle’s transition but that didn’t stop their relationship from growing.

Kendrick went on to say that his ‘favorite cousin’ followed the same path as his uncle as he rapped: ‘Demetrius is Mary-Ann now / He’s more confident to live his plan now / But the family in disbelief this time.’

'I can't voice how happy I am for it': The song was mainly met with praise on the Internet, however, there were also detractors who accused him of misgendering his relatives with pronouns use and also repeated use of an LGBTQ slur

‘I can’t voice how happy I am for it’: The song was mainly met with praise on the Internet, however, there were also detractors who accused him of misgendering his relatives with pronouns use and also repeated use of an LGBTQ slur

Boston Sports reporter Khari Thompson said: 'Yo “Auntie Diaries” could be some REAL barrier-breaking stuff in hip-hop.  Kendrick talking openly about his aunt and cousin transitioning and “choosing humanity over religion'

Boston Sports reporter Khari Thompson said: ‘Yo “Auntie Diaries” could be some REAL barrier-breaking stuff in hip-hop. Kendrick talking openly about his aunt and cousin transitioning and “choosing humanity over religion’

One user said: 'this is super corny of me but I'm full on sobbing about auntie diaries hearing someone as big as kendrick not only support us, but deeply ruminate on transness made me realize just how much the constant attacks have hurt me it shouldn't be a miracle to be treated with humanity'

One user said: ‘this is super corny of me but I’m full on sobbing about auntie diaries hearing someone as big as kendrick not only support us, but deeply ruminate on transness made me realize just how much the constant attacks have hurt me it shouldn’t be a miracle to be treated with humanity’

Support: Several others heaped praise on the song

Support: Several others heaped praise on the song

He went on to say that he has accepted his trans family members as he explained: ‘The day I chose humanity over religion / The family got closer, it was all forgiven.’

As his use of an anti-LGBTQ slur was at the center of much of the controversy, the 14-time Grammy Award winner does explain the use in the lyrics of the song as he said: ‘I said them F-bombs, I ain ‘t know any better / Mistakenly, I ain’t think that you’d know any different.

‘See, I was taught words was nothing more than a sound / If ever they were pronounced without any intentions.’

Obviously the discourse on Twitter ranged from criticism to praise as one fan expressed their elation over the track: ‘Auntie Diaries is the first song in major support of the trans community from a rap artist as big as Kendrick and I can’t voice how happy I am for it.’

Golden: Kendrick is seen accepting the Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards in February 2016

Golden: Kendrick is seen accepting the Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards in February 2016

Others were not so pleased with the messaging of the song as one wrote: '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'

Others were not so pleased with the messaging of the song as one wrote: ‘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’

Another said: '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

Another said: ‘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”‘

Interesting: There was quite the range of opinion on social media

Interesting: There was quite the range of opinion on social media

Hmm: One wondered what the reaction would have been if Kanye West authored the track

Hmm: One wondered what the reaction would have been if Kanye West authored the track

Boston Sports reporter Khari Thompson said: ‘Yo “Auntie Diaries” could be some REAL barrier-breaking stuff in hip-hop. Kendrick talking openly about his aunt and cousin transitioning and “choosing humanity over religion.’

One user said: ‘this is super corny of me but I’m full on sobbing about auntie diaries hearing someone as big as kendrick not only support us, but deeply ruminate on transness made me realize just how much the constant attacks have hurt me it shouldn’t be a miracle to be treated with humanity.’

Others were not so pleased with the messaging of the song as one wrote: ‘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.’

Another said: ‘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.”‘

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers can be streamed on all music platforms.

Bond: Kendrick is seen with his fiancee and mother to two of his children Whitney Alford in February 2016

Bond: Kendrick is seen with his fiancee and mother to two of his children Whitney Alford in February 2016

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