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 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."
Gay rapper Le1f has been blowing it up recently what with his TV debut on Letterman and now with this video for "Boom" that's as pleasing to the eyes as it is for the ears, ya heard?
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After the performance, Dave tried to cut a deal for Le1f's shoes.
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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.
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.
After 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 …