Best gay blog. Towleroad Wins Award

Hip-Hop Hub



04/19/2007


NYC-Based Rapper LE1F, Who Happens to Be Gay, Makes TV Debut on Letterman: VIDEO

2_le1f

NYC-based rapper Le1f took his hit "Wut" to The Late Show with David Letterman last night, making his television debut. We've featured several of Le1f's clips here, "Wut", "Spa Day" and "Soda".

After the performance, Dave tried to cut a deal for Le1f's shoes.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Le1f has a new EP coming out on Brooklyn-based Terrible Records (known for indie bands like Grizzly Bear).

Newsweek recently asked him if he feels like the media pigeonholes him as a gay rapper:

I feel like some people do, some people don’t. And I don’t really care at this point. I can’t be bothered [laughs]. 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. I don’t feel much changed by the fact that I was called a gay rapper a lot… And there are lots of people who might just only know “Wut” and that’s fine. Just the fact that I have art that’s out there that people are paying attention to and enjoying is rewarding enough for me to not even be thinking about whatever else is going on.

Le1f

Continue reading "NYC-Based Rapper LE1F, Who Happens to Be Gay, Makes TV Debut on Letterman: VIDEO" »


T-Pain Rips Homophobia In Hip Hop, Says Rappers Will Not Work With Frank Ocean Because He Is Gay

Tpain

In an interview with VladTV, rapper T-Pain delves into the issue of homophobia in hip hop, as The Guardian reports. Asked whether the presence and success of Macklemore’s pro-equality anthem ‘Same Love’ signals a shift in more pro-gay attitudes in the world of hip hop, T-Pain responds, 

“I think the radio is getting more gay friendly, I don’t think urban music or anything is getting more gay friendly. If that was the case Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. Like n—gers, like, I know n—gers that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he’s gay but they need him on the f—king song and that’s so terrible to me man. It’s like, dude, my lifestyle ain’t gonna change how people see you. That’s weird dude! What I do ain’t gonna affect nothing you got going on. I mean that’s me talking as Frank Ocean. Like he gotta feel like that bro, because, like, he was on the ‘Watch the Throne’ album before he came out and then when he came out it’s like he can’t get in the studio with Jay [Z] and Kanye [West] right now. It’s so fucking terrible. Like n—gers don’t wanna f—k with these motherf—kers man and that’s so f—ked up dude.”

Check out the full interview AFTER THE JUMP… (Warning: graphic language)

Continue reading "T-Pain Rips Homophobia In Hip Hop, Says Rappers Will Not Work With Frank Ocean Because He Is Gay" »


Christian Rapper Bizzle Records Anti-Gay Version of Macklemore's 'Same Love': LISTEN

Christian rapper Bizzle has written an anti-gay version of Macklemore's "Same Love" rapped over the song's instrumental.

1_bizzleListen, AFTER THE JUMP...

On the track, Bizzle slams comparisons of the gay civil rights movement to the African-American civil rights movement (my transcripts):

You rather fight God than fight sin / The Bible is alright until it calls what you like sin / And I feel so disrespected that you were so desperate / You would compare your sexual habits to my skin / Calling it 'the new black?' Tell me, where they do that? / They hung us like tree ornaments, where were you at? / They burned us for entertainment, you go through that?" / Moms raped in front of their kids while they shoot dad / Ever been murdered just for trying to learn how to read, bro? / Show of hands? I didn't think so / So quit comparing the two it ain't the same fight / You can play straight. We can never play white.

Using black people as pawns for your agenda / These sell-out rappers that do whatever you tell em.

Bizzle also says that being gay is a choice:

"Man I ain't choose this!" You think you chose that?

"Well I was born this?" Well prove me you were born that.

Gays are like pedophiles:

You were never oppressed. The devil was a liar / The only thing oppressed was your sexual desire / Keeping your desires oppressed is so lame to you / But when you get married that's what you expect your mate to do / It angers you if I compare you to a pedophile / Because he's sick, right, and you're better, how?

Samelove_bizzleGays should not have marriage because they already have domestic partnerships and God says marriage is between a man and a woman.:

But you were never a girl. He was once nine so at one time in his life it was just fine. / What makes your laws right? / I'm not buying it so put it in the same trash can you put that Bible in. / See how that cycle is? / Nobody wants to repent of their evil so we all try justifying it. / And you say it's about rights but you lying though - domestic partnerships gave you rights a long time ago. / God created marriage when he did he defined it though so why is it that you want what he created but denying no. / It's not wicked enough switching the definition you want it done by a Christian in a church he worships in?

And gays should not use the rainbow as a Gay Pride symbol because it belongs to Christians:

And that rainbow you using is a gay pride symbol? It represents a covenant with God if you didn't know. Check Genesis 9:13 for the info. Homie, the poor spiritual, you don't know what you in for. I ain't saying your sins worse, but it is sin, though.

Of course, Bizzle says he's not a hater even though he justifies calling gay a "defect" in the lyrics as well:

It's funny how the media portays things / They really pushing hard for this gay thing / And it's so wicked how they manipulate things / Can't even disagree without them making it a hate thing /

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

Writes Sketch the Journalist at the Houston Chronicle:

This is not the first time Bizzle has offered his take on the mainstream hip hop industry. He first gained national attention for saying Jay-Z had some “Explaining to Do” about his use of dark imagery. He’s also released songs specifically targeting the media messages promoted by artists like Rick Ross, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.

Continue reading "Christian Rapper Bizzle Records Anti-Gay Version of Macklemore's 'Same Love': LISTEN" »


Rapper LastO Unleashes His Inner Killer In Video For 'Pour A 40': WATCH

Lasto

You may not have heard of out gay rapper LastO, but Out Magazine thinks that he is an artist to watch out for, and his bold statement of a debut video will certainly catch your attention. The video, for song "Pour a 40" off his second album, "Where's Vivian?," is a creepy, over-the-top ode to serial killers.

OUT reports:

"I knew what the video would look like if any other artist had done the song," LastO said, "so I was very adamant about doing something else."

That "something else" sees the New York-based rapper going the serial killer route, replete with a hefty blade and a bit of pseudo-gore. 

Check out the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning: Contains strong language and violent imagery.

Continue reading "Rapper LastO Unleashes His Inner Killer In Video For 'Pour A 40': WATCH" »


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

MovieClipping4

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

Sheridan

Continue reading "The 'Chozen' Ones: Eight Real-Life Gay Rappers — VIDEOS" »


UK Duo Rizzle Kicks Denounces Homophobia, Misogyny in Hip-Hop

Rizzlekicks

British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks speak out against homophobia and misogyny in an interview with the BBC.

Says Jordan Stephens:

"I can't listen to hip-hop at the moment. I really struggle. The stuff I'm hearing in the mainstream... it's overly-misogynistic and it's still homophobic. It does my head in...turns of phrases take a while to die out...but when it's vicious, I don't understand why you'd bother. Think of something more inventive to say. It's a cultural thing that needs to piss off, basically."

He adds: "I think it's even worse for women. I had an ex-girlfriend who was seriously up on her hip-hop, and I played her this song Clique with Jay-Z, Kanye and Big Sean. The first lyric is 'I tell a bad bitch do whatever I say'. And she just turned around and said, 'what's that?' I don't think we know any women - smart women, who you'd want to be friends with, that would proclaim themselves as a bad bitch. If anything, the only women I've seen saying 'bad bitch' seem pretty insecure."

Watch the lyric video for Rizzle Kicks "Skip to the Good Bit" which samples a very familiar track, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "UK Duo Rizzle Kicks Denounces Homophobia, Misogyny in Hip-Hop" »


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged