K. Michelle wants to set the record straight.
The singer new’s song “Kim K” caused quite the stir as some took it as a diss on Kim Kardashian herself. The record, she says, is actually more of a criticism on the culture that values the Kardashians but won’t value the Black culture that’s inspired their look.
The song was released ahead of Michelle’s fourth album, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, and includes lyrics like, “Wish I could be a Kardashian, so I could be Black/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.”
When the song was released, many people took it as a dig against the Kardashian clan, but Michelle took to Twitter on Monday to explain what she really meant.
“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.”
She then went on to slam cultural appropriation as well as a culture that celebrations Black culture… as long as Black people aren’t involved.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
After citing a few examples from her own life where she had seen Black culture being trampled on, she concluded, “The Judgmental are usually the ones who need the most judgment! Don’t sho[o]t 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.”