This R&B Singer Explained Why She Named Her Song About Cultural Appropriation “Kim K”
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Facts or shade?
This is K. Michelle, guys. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician, and one of few cast members from the Love & Hip-Hop franchise who actually puts out music.
In anticipation of her new album, Kimberly: The People I Used To Know, which drops December 8, K. Michelle released one of the singles called “Kim K.”
The record has been getting lots of attention, as the open-book celeb address everything from the public scrutiny of her ex relationship with Idris Elba …
Wuzzup with all you black women?
I date a black man named Idris.
You say I'm ghetto, he trippin'.
You'd rather him with white women.
How you don't like me, no?
When you just like me, oh!
…to cultural appropriation and the Kardashians.
“Wish I could be a Kardashian, so I could be black. Put my face over Pac, wear my braids to the back,” K sings in the second chorus.
Naturally, the Internet had feels about it. Some people called “SHADE!” …
… while others were more like “FAAACTS!”
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To put people’s speculations to rest, K. Michelle took to her Twitter to set things straight. She tweeted that she actually thinks Kim Kardashian is “fly,” but “The statement behind the song is black Women are rarely given credit for our cultural trends and flyness.”
She went on to say that “Truths can be spoken without a shade tree behind them.” The artist even admitted that she’s made changes to her image, which she later regretted, based on societal beauty standards placed on black women.
The Memphis native also mentioned how the very looks and body types that black women are ostracized for are the same looks that non-black women are celebrated for, recalling a time when her white vocal coach told her not to wear braids to her talent shows because they weren’t polished and she wouldn’t win.
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Here’s the full song so you can decide for yourself.