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The 'Chozen' Ones: Eight Real-Life Gay Rappers — VIDEOS


In today's post-Seth MacFarlane world, one goes into each new animated show expecting a rapid-fire assault of low-brow, aggressively offensive humor, all in the name of "envelope pushing." So when FX announced Chozen, a new animated series starring SNL's Bobby Moynihan as the titular gay rapper fresh out of prison, it was easy to assume the character's sexuality was going to be the source of most of the humor.

ChozenAfter seeing the first five episodes (the first premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on FX), that's not exactly the case. Chozen's redemption story is definitely crass, but mostly due to his own arrested development, and not his sexual orientation. The show's still not very good (it doesn't quite have the heart of Bob's Burgers, nor the off-the-wall charms of Archer), but it's not nearly as terrible as the promos indicated. 

Don't be mistaken, the series won't be up for a GLAAD award any time soon. However, it was striking how at no point do any of Chozen's friends suggest Chozen's orientation (or his explicit lyrics) could prevent his success.

Then again, why would they? Gay rappers are nothing new. Blending sex and humor, they've got more skills than Chozen (and are often at least twice as funny).

Check out six of our favorite gay rappers' (mostly work-unfriendly) videos, AFTER THE JUMP



NYC-based Cazwell may be best known for his abs and innuendo-laden videos for "Ice Cream Truck" and "All Over Your Face," but he's got a wicked sense of humor too. His Instagram anthem "No Selfie Control" inspired a fan video. Personally, we're partial to his summertime banger "Guess What?" with Luciana.



What can we say, we're a sucker for a sexy Pikachu. If you think the horns in Le1f's "Wut" sounds familiar, you're not alone. He accused Macklemore of ripping it off for his hit "Thrift Shop" (among other insults) on his Twitter last year.



Big Dipper represents for all the bears out there. The Chicago-based MC raised the funds for his "Drip Drop" video using Kickstarter.



Queen of Bounce Big Freedia has been making booties drop since the late-'90s. Not only did he have his own reality show last year (Big Freedia: Queen Of Bounce on Fuse), but he also set the Guinness World Record for twerking.



JbDubs, born James Whiteside, was a ballet dancer before becoming a rapper. (That's where he got them gams.) His video for "I Hate My Job," went viral, garnering more than 2 million views on YouTube. (We're all big fans of his video for "Pantywaister.")



Former Villanova basketball player turned musician Will Sheridan made waves in 2011 when he came out of the closet. He's been making jams ever since, including last year's "Here Comes the Son."



Los Angeles-based out rapper Deadlee has plenty to say on the subject of homophobic mainstream MCs. You may have caught his video for "Good Soldier II" when it was on heavy rotation on LOGO.



While more of a comedian than a rapper, it's hard to hear some of Chozen's weak rhymes and not long for the naughty tunes of Jonny McGovern, also known as the Gay Pimp. His "Sexy Nerd" may be the first (and last) song to rhyme "stripping" with "JavaScripting."

Who are your favorite gay rappers? Tell us in the comments.

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  1. It's a stretch calling some of these entertainers "rappers"

    Posted by: reality | Jan 13, 2014 2:23:57 PM

  2. I thought Cazwell was best known for "I Seen Beyonce at Burger King."

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 13, 2014 2:28:59 PM

  3. Where's Cakes Da Killa? He's an actual rapper with actual talent.

    Posted by: JMC | Jan 13, 2014 2:33:02 PM

  4. You really shouldn't lump actual rap artists with comedians/entertainers.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 13, 2014 2:39:51 PM

  5. Brian in TX, considering that this is a post about a comedy series whose main character is a gay rapper, I'm pretty sure that it makes perfect sense to discuss comedians and entertainers who rap alongside established gay rappers. Since when aren't rappers also entertainers?

    And JMC, I don't believe it's meant to be an exhaustive list.

    Posted by: Charlie B | Jan 13, 2014 2:44:36 PM

  6. I didn't think it was Charlie, but you'd think the list would at the very least include Cakes and Mykki Blanco in addition to Le1f as they're the three most reputable gay rappers out there over unfunny YouTube personalities no one has ever heard of.

    Posted by: JMC | Jan 13, 2014 3:55:33 PM

  7. Plenty of people have heard of them, but way to call yourself what you are: a nobody.

    Posted by: Ryan Shea | Jan 13, 2014 5:40:35 PM

  8. If any of these self-loathing sell-out gay rappers need help committing suicide, just drop a line. We're here to help. Together we can do this.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jan 13, 2014 6:36:44 PM

  9. Agree with JMC - Cakes is an actual rapper and blows all these guys outta the h2o.

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 13, 2014 6:48:31 PM

  10. Yeah for real.. Know the difference between entertainers and rappers. You didn't list actual gay rappers such as Angel Haze, Brooke Candy, Zebra Katz, Mykki Blanco..

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 13, 2014 8:25:01 PM

  11. Yeah, I like Le1f. Also some good ones that weren't on the list Mykki Blanco, Cakes da Killa, Stose and Brooke Candy.

    Posted by: DTL91 | Jan 13, 2014 8:32:58 PM

  12. You forgot Queen Latifa.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 13, 2014 9:34:22 PM

  13. LOL @ the Queen Latifah comment. But my question is this, "This is what passes for talent these days?" Count me out.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jan 13, 2014 11:30:08 PM

  14. Stose, Big Freeda, Mykki Blanco, duh!

    Posted by: Bluntly | Jan 14, 2014 9:31:24 AM

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