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Sexxy Red under fire for shocking transphobic lyrics

*TW: transphobic slur

After 50 years of hip hop, and plenty of LGBTQ+ rappers, you’d think we’d be beyond transphobia in the genre. But one up-and-coming rapper seemed to missed the memo with their new song.

St. Louis rapper Sexxy Red is known for her brazenness, unapologetic lyrics, and performing while wearing glasses. While her mixtapes continue to give her features with artists like Flo Milli, Latto, and Drake, it was her single “Pound Town,” eventually christened by Nicki Minaj that brought her fame.

But after teasing her latest song, the love for Sexxy Red may come to an end. In a video circulating the internet, the “SkeeYee” rapper was seen in the back of a car rapping to a new song using the transphobic slur “tr****.”

While the unreleased song plays in the background, the rapper makes a conscious effort to emphasize the slur, only making matters worse. But what do you expect from an entertainer who aligns herself with homophobic rapper DaBaby and, most recently, voiced her support for Donald Trump in an interview?

Last month, Sexxy Red said on This Past Weekend podcast that “I love Trump. He funny to me. I used to be watching him talking to people. He used to be calling people fat. He just bold. He funny. We need people like him.”

While her collab “Rich Baby Daddy” with Drake and SZA steadily climbs the music chart, Sexxy Red fans are calling out her transphobia. 

Others are comparing her to rappers like Lil Boosie who continue to double down on their problematic behavior, especially when this wasn’t the first time Sexxy Red was captured using the transphobic slur. 

Two months earlier, Sexxy Red was on A Safe Place podcast using the slur. While transphobia has popped up within hip hop since its inception, that doesn’t mean that there’s a place for it within the genre. 

Transphobia isn’t a sexy color at all. 

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