These hip hop artists are all about free love
As an entertainer, it can be difficult to come out as gay. The subject is still taboo, and, unfortunately, you may lose a portion of your fan base by doing so. Hip hop has a bad reputation of homophobia. We love Eminem, but his Marshall Mathers LP was a homophobic manifesto. We love the Wu-Tang Clan, but Raekwon and Ghostface Killah use the F Bomb way too much. But there are some rappers and singers who are vocal about their support for the LGBT community.
Coming out is never easy, and we still live in a world full of hate. If the hip hop world can move past this history of homophobia that plagues the industry it can completely move into the 21st century. We’ve compiled a list of rappers and singers who are upfront with their support of the LGBT community.
Eminem has been accused of being anti-gay from the start of his career. With his flagrant use of the F word, and his other jarring lyrics, it’s easy to see why he got some backlash. Even in his most epic song, “Rap God,” his first verse starts out with homophobic rhetoric like, “Oy vey, that boy gay.”
However in an interview with Rolling Stone, he claims that he never associated the word “f**got” with being gay. “It was more like calling someone a b**ch or a punk or a**hole.”
His actions speak for themselves; he did a duet with Elton John, and even “came out as gay” in the movie The Interview where he said he couldn’t believe that no one could tell, “I was leaving a breadcrumb trail of gayness.”
The real Slim Shady stands up for the gay community.
In 2012, when Obama voiced his approval of gay marriage, Hov chimed in with his own support for equality.
He said, “It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple…It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.”
More rappers could take a page out of Jay’s book.
Fat Joe was one of the first rappers to publicly speak out in support of gays. In an interview with Vlad TV, he was asked if he ever did a song with a gay rapper. He quickly responded, “Yes. N—as is gay. There’s millions of gay people in the world. Girls too… I’m a fan of ‘Yo, I’m gay. The f–k.’ Like, 2011 you gotta hide that you’re gay? Like, you know what I’m saying, like, be real, like ‘Yo I’m gay, what the f–k.’ If you gay you gay. Like that’s your preference, you know? F**k it if the people don’t like it.”