Many rappers have been speaking out in the wake of the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile . Today, Slim Thug has dropped his Black Lives Matter tribute, “IDKY” featuring XO. On the track, the Houston born rapper touches on interactions with the police and how he still doesn’t feel safe despite moving away from the hood.
“I was born and raised in the USA / Where we see cops killing blacks on the news every day / And they do it like it’s okay, like they know they gon’ get away / To stop myself from thinking reckless I just ignore it and pray.”
Though the song is a decent account of what life is like for the rapper, I couldn’t overlook the transphobic bars that followed the song’s opening.
At the 1:18 mark, the rapper says “I swear this world a disaster/ I’m scared to see what’s next/ People now-a-days getting praised for changing their sex.” Here’s the thing: When you’re making a song inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, you can’t erase the importance of lives that belong to Black trans people. That’s not how it works.
Slim does finish the bar with a classy “I just hope what you want now/ Later on ain’t regrets/ We the Land of the Free/ Be who you want to be, I guess.” What was supposed to be a song inspired by the 560 lives lost at the hands of the police is sprinkled with transphobia. Gee thanks, Slim Thug.
“IDKY” will be featured on Slim Thug’s forthcoming album, Hogg Life 4: American King. The album is currently available for preorder on iTunes. Take a listen to “IDKY” below: