April 4, 2011
Is Hip Hop Ready For Homosexuality?!?!!
I was reading on Mediatakeout.com this morning about how a popular DJ in NYC, DJ Mister Cee (whom I've had the pleasure of jamming to one of his spin sessions in Brooklyn, NY), was arrested for indecent exposure and lewd conduct with a Tranny (transexual). It turns out he was receiving a BJ in public and was caught by the authorities MTO - Popular NYC DJ Mister Cee Arrested For Indecent Acts With Tranny. Hip Hop has long been known for its homophobic lyrics. Homophobic references can be found in countless songs and is commonly used to discredit another rapper's manhood whether he is homosexual or not. Kanye West seems to be the only popular rapper that has stood up for gay Hip Hop lovers and urged rappers to stop making homophobic slurs and references in their rhymes TV One: Kanye Speaks Out On Homophobia. We've all heard the rumors that have been swirling for more than a decade about how some top Hip Hop artists, managers, CEOs are actually gay and in the closet.
Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry) recently released a video for her single Far Away off her Late Nights And Early Mornings album which has not been well received in the African American community, at least where the fellas are concerned. The video portrays two urban male lovers and reveals the trials and tribulations that they must endure to share their love for one another in today's times. The video ends with the two men receiving a brutal beat down for showing their affection in a neighborhood park. I have spoken to several African American men who are very displeased with the video and have consequently wrote her and her music off.
Now...on to my burning questions. Is Hip Hop ready for an openly gay rapper? Do you think a gay rapper would be accepted in the Hip Hop world? Do you think the Hip Hop community should address this in an open forum and come to a consensus on the use of homophobic slurs in songs like how the use of the word "nigga" has been highlighted and discussed?
I would love to hear your thoughts....WEIGH IN!
Watch the video here: