Should homosexuality be accepted in Hip-Hop?

Posted: July 21, 2016 in Sexuality, Uncategorized
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For the most part this is an interesting article. Hip Hop is a large platform with many different players with differing ideas. Some crude and unflinching…so what. People can either accept it or not. Rappers today have such a bravado, I can understand if one lost a rap battle to someone who is openly gay. That would be the equivalent of being put in a submissive position as if your manhood is taken. The one and thing an openly gay MC can do…get them bars up and let the perverbial chips fall where they may. 

Hip­-Hop’s purpose is to unify the African-American community. It is
evident that Hip-­Hop’s main focus is to spit knowledge for the culture as well as promote the
unity that was lost in the 14th century, but how can a movement be progressive if it constantly disrespects the mothers of the movement. Should homosexuality be accepted into Hip­-Hop is like asking should your blood sister be considered a sister.Homosexuality has been frowned upon in the African-American culture for
centuries. Dating back to when homosexuality was demonized in African tribes by colonizers, homophobia has been the causing factor of spiritual violence against
Hip-­Hop. There have been many discussions on whether or not homosexuality should be accepted into Hip­-Hop. If you are a fan of Love & Hip-­Hop, then you may have ran across Love & Hip-­Hop: Hollywood Season 2 that starred bisexual rapper, Miles Brock and outspoken, gay producer, Milan Christopher.This particular season sparked much controversy and attention from the Hip-­Hop purists.

If we have artist that display true talent and can relay knowledge adequately to the
movements listeners, then what is the problem? Are the pioneers and recent artists of Hip­Hop not comfortable enough with themselves to see homosexual artists for merely their work and not their sexuality? Check out Ice Cube’s song “No Vaseline”, which was diss song to N.W.A group members and managers. Though the song was geared towards dissing his former members, Ice Cube also used derogatory language that attacked the homosexual community. Why is it that MC’s would diss another MC using their mother as a basis ( which was also another segment of the timeline that contributed to the disrespect of women of color in Hip-­Hop), but eventually added another extreme of disrespect when it comes to the disassociation with homosexuality, specifically in the African American. In the roundtable discussion on the LHH: Hip­-Hop , the rapper Fly Young Red discusses the controversy behind his song and video ” Throw That Boy P*ssy” and states that he makes music for “gay people” because of the simple fact that some artist incorporate homophobic slurs in their music and he feels personally attacked. Though Fly Young Red is entitled to his artistry, he also exploited men in the same exact way a heteroexual Hip­-Hop artist does when rapping about women, so the purpose of Hip-­Hop is to not to demonize or hypersexualize sexuality, but to provide knowledge of political occurrences that involve the future of Hip-­Hop , previous history that made Hip-­Hop and relatable experiences to the culture.

If artists continue to take on the demeanor of writing music that is exclusive as well as
against the different intersectionalities of the Hip-­Hop movement, then is Hip­-Hop’s purpose
successfully being fulfilled ? It is known that many Hip­-Hop artists are not comfortable with
themselves enough to respect women and respect those with different lifestyles, but the big
question is, are the artists of Hip-­Hop prepared cognitively and spiritually to surpass societal and Eurocentric worldviews of themselves and others in order to continue movement in the
movement? There are so many artist in Hip-­Hop that have contributed to the success of Hip­Hop and disowning them is disowning yourself. “It’s bigger than religion; Hip-­Hop”.

By Lyric Batemon

Posted by John the Revelator

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