He's not hatin' though
Lord Jamar has a very… strong opinion about hip-hop music. Unlike Post Malone, who believes that hip-hop is not a place for substance, Lord Jamar believes hip-hop is not a place for “outwardly gay” artists.
What started out as a discussion about questionable lyrics in hip-hop ended up being… Well…
The conversation started with Biggie. During an interview with DJ Vlad, Lord Jamar said that though he loved Big, the rapper spit some suspect lines. He referenced Biggie’s line “F–k ’em in the a–, throw ’em over the bridge” from “What’s Beef” as an example.
To the Bronx rapper though, there’s a difference between being suspect and being openly gay. When DJ Vlad brought up ILoveMakonnen, the openly gay artist who had the club going up on a Tuesday, Jamar said his sexuality is the reason hip-hop fans haven’t heard from him lately. “There’s no male outwardly gay rappers that’s really poppin’. The only outwardly gay rapper that’s semi-poppin’, but’s coolin down, is Young M.A.,” Jamar claimed. He said that she’s “dope,” but agreed that she’s shaping to be a one hit wonder.
According to Jamar, the young female rapper could be a hip-hop favorite, if she takes his advice. “We need to, you know, just rhyme,” the rapper said, addressing Young M.A. “Get away from all the shock value, talking about the d-ke s–t. Like, nobody wanna hear that. And ain’t it hatin, it’s just… nobody wanna hear that.”
“Unless you wanna make music just straight for d-kes,” he continued. “But real ni–as don’t wanna hear no s–t like that. Come on, man. Knock it off. But… You could rap… especially for a girl. So, spit some otha s–t. Spit some s–t that we might would wanna hear, but that’s not what the f–k we wanna hear.”
He insisted that his comments weren’t hateful though, saying, “Nobody’s hatin on you. I’m not hatin on you. I’m just telling you change your s–t up.”
Who’s this guy?
For those who didn’t know, Lord Jamar is a founding member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian. Formed in the late ’80s, the group produced six albums, with the last one being released in 2007. The group’s albums were never “poppin” enough to reach the Billboard 200’s Top 10. Even Jamar’s solo album, The 5% Album, peaked at 94 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
This may be a great time to mention that “Tuesday” by ILoveMakonnen ranked number two on Billboard’s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Young M.A. was the first female to earn a top 10 spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since Missy Elliott the year before.
Regardless, Lord Jamar knows the ways of hip-hop fans. When DJ Vlad proposed that it would take an artist of high stature to break the stigmatism of gays in hip-hop, Lord Jamar said hip-hop fans wouldn’t stand for that either.
“I think it would take a rapper who was poppin’ with multiple hit songs to come out as gay and see what happens. Like, if Kanye came out as gay or bisexual… Or Drake came out as gay,” Vlad said.
“I think he’d lose a big part of his fan base,” Jamar replied. “Not everybody. I think alot of white people would go right with it. A lot of these new-aged black people would go with it, but the real core, true hip-hop audience not f–king with that.”
Lord Jamar then proceeded to give a quick history lesson:
“This is not what hip-hop is about. This is not a gay music. You have music for gay people. House music, all that electric shit… That’s gay people’s music. Even back in the days… like black people and gays was kinda sharing disco music. But then when hip-hop came out, we was like ‘okay gay people, y’all can keep that disco shit. We gon rock wit dis shit.'”
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