If you've never seen a Brooke Candy video, you are in for a freakishly delightful treat. Candy is an over-the-top rapper who takes the glitz, glamor, sex and violence of gangster rap videos to a ridiculous (and often beautiful) degree.
She recently dropped the Steven Klein-directed video for her song "Opulence" — which may allude to its famous use in the Blatino drag documentary Paris Is Burning — and the vid is as eye-popping as it is insane. In fact, Lady Gaga's own former stylist Nicola Formichetti helped create Candy's look for this dark, diamond-incrusted thrill ride.
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Candy's five-song EP drops this May 5. And if you dig this song, check out Candy's pink-upholstered limo; freakishly long golden press-on nails and quasi-Satanic weed orgy in her earlier song "Das Me."
Krumping. The Rumba. East Coast Swing. They're all types of dance that get us excited and moving. Now thanks to Diesel Jeans (and a cast of very talented dancers), you can see 26 dance moves from A to Z that'll make you wanna hit the dance floor.
You may also recognize the video's music as gay rapper Le1f's song "Wut" — it's the song he accused Macklemore of ripping off.
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In an interview with Da-Doo Dirty Show host DJ Baker, openly gay rapper Fly Young Red talks about his music, his path from ‘straight’ rapping to ‘gay rapping’ and, as you might expect from someone with a song titled “Throwing Boy Pussy,” sex.
After acknowledging that he’s had some shade thrown his way because of his recent hit, he went on to talk about when he started including gay subject matter into his work:
I was rapping when I was sixteen and I had, you know, a song on the radio. I was rapping with a group and like I said they were straight and I mean, I don’t know, like I backed up for a minute. I’m a poet by nature so I never lost, you know what I'm saying, anything that I was doing, and it’s in my heart to do it, you know what i’m saying? So I kept up with it or whatever but I just started openly gay rapping in September.
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(Warning: work-unfriendly language)
UPDATE: Fly Young Red has confirmed this as untrue on his Twitter account.
There are conflicting reports flying around regarding Fly Young Red — the young, gay rapper who recently released a video for his song “Throw That Boy Pussy.” According to 24-Hour Hip-Hop, the rapper just signed onto rapper Lil’ Wayne’s music label Young Money Entertainment (also called Young Money Cash Money Billionaires or YMCMB):
With such blatantly vulgar and homosexually charged lyrics, an industry power-move such as his YMCMB signing is shocking. When asked for a comment, Young Money capo Lil’ Wayne stated, “Good music is good music. Gay, straight, black, white, blue, or purple. Good music is just good music. Have you ever been in the club when that joint came on? Ni--as go crazy when that drop. I had to make him YMCMB.”
When asked for his thoughts on the signing, Cash Money headman Birdman stated, “I support everything my young’n do. Young’n brought Red into the boardroom, we met behind closed doors, we spoke like men, we handled business like bosses. We ended up making him a offer he couldn’t refuse. It’s YMCMB forever, ya dig? We support Red movement and what he tryna accomplish. We definitely support the movement."
However, XXL Mag is reporting that YMCMB President Mack Maine has flatly denied that his label has in fact signed Fly Young Red to their label.
24-Hour Hip-Hop says that Fly Young Red declined to make any statements.
In a recent New Yorker profile, self-proclaimed “hip-hop conservative” Lord Jamar (pictured) said that the openly gay rapper Le1f’s performance on The David Letterman Show was “just the beginning” of the hijacking of hip-hop and the jettison of its essentially macho origins.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been a particular source of anger for Lord Jamar, in large part because of the success of their pro-gay-marriage single “Same Love.” That song, in which Macklemore admonishes hip-hop culture for not being more tolerant of homosexuality, encapsulates everything Jamar believes is wrong with the current hip-hop landscape; it struck him, he said, as the equivalent of someone walking into a stranger’s home and trying to redecorate the living room.
In September, he gave an interview on VladTV in which he addressed white rappers directly, telling them, “You are guests in the house of hip-hop… Keep it real with yourselves: you know this is a black man’s thing. We started this. This is our s--t.” Macklemore, Jamar said, may love hip-hop, and some of his songs might even be pretty good. “But he’s trying to push an agenda that he, as a white man, feels is acceptable,” he added. “Those proclivities and sensibilities are not at the core of true hip-hop.”
In regards to artists like Le1f and Kanye West ruining hip-hop with their flamboyant styles and lyrical content, Jamar said:
“You can’t just arrogantly wear whatever the f--k you want to wear on some ‘self-expression’ bulls--t… in order to preserve a culture there are certain guidelines and boundaries that have to be there… [Hip-hop] started with the alpha males. And now it’s being given to the beta males to try to flex their s--t.
“I have no problems with pushing boundaries… But everything has its limits. How far do you go with this pushing of boundaries before you’ve turned it into something else? That’s what I want to know. How much water can you add into the whiskey before you no longer get drunk?”
In response to Lord Jamar's comments in The New Yorker profile, Le1f wrote on his Facebook wall:
dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I'm darker than you. I'm african. I'm a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.
In the past, Le1f told Newsweek that he does his best not to focus on other people's expectations for his music:
"At this point where I’ve gotten so much pressure, like ridiculous stuff, I don’t care...The headlines and things I’ve gotten for some real serious press. At this point I know that I’m making the music I want to make regardless of how people talk about my music on the Internet. I don’t feel pressure to make anything because of how people talk about me."