K. Michelle has never been one to bite her tongue, especially when it comes to her music. But it appears as though the singer's latest effort, "Kim K," a critique of pop culture's obsession with The Kardashians, has ruffled quite a few feathers.
The Tennessee native, however, is ready to set the record straight.
Gearing up for the release of her introspective fourth studio album, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, the song was released early last week and swiftly set social media ablaze. The R&B soulstress holds nothing back as she rhymes over the track about society’s covert hypocrisy that keeps Black women caged in but allows women like Kim Kardashian and her family to flourish from the culture of those same trivialized Black women.
“Wish I could be a Kardashian, so I could be Black,” she croons. “They ask if it’s real, I say it’s real fat/Don't get caught up in facts, ‘cause ain’t s**t real/And ain’t s**t funny.”
Following the song's debut, K received a bit of criticism as many fans began to insinuate that the singer was shading the famous socialite. However, according to the Atlantic Records signee, that is far from the case.
Taking to Twitter on Monday morning (Dec. 4), K explained the context behind the song. "I see some blogs trying to make My song 'Kim K' messy, lord if u only knew how fly I think she is!" she wrote. "The statement behind the song is black women are rarely given credit for our cultural trends and flyness."
I see some blogs trying to make My song "Kim K"messy, lord if u only knew how fly I think she is! People are me would tell u. The statement behind the song is black Women are rarely given credit for our cultural trends and flyness.— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
Truths can be spoken without a shade tree behind them. For ages Black women have been taught by society that our image isn't good enough for mainstream or that we need to make changes. I believed them and made those SOME of those changes, only 2 regret it.— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
The older I got I started to see that women of other ethnicities were being accepted for and African American women were told no 2 big asses, cornrolls, long pointy finger nails(which was taking place before we were born-its tribal) and other cultural aesthetics.— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
The Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart singer further continued to explain the context behind the song, saying, "Don't shoot the messenger, I just write life."
Take a look at K. Michelle's full remarks on her new single "Kim K" below.
I remember being told that I couldn't wear braids by my Caucasian vocal coach to talent shows because I wouldn't win because it wasn't a polished look!— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
Also in the song I say I gotta fuck with Blac Chyna, because regardless of what you say she's made a way for herself, and its crazy how when other people do what they do it's classic but when we do it it's ratchet.— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
The Judgmental are usually the ones who need the most judgment! Don't shot the messenger, I just write life. I write about the world we are living in. My writing isn't scripted it's just facts. Which I never understood artist who don't actual write.— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 4, 2017
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