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Charlamagne Tha God! “How You Doin’?”





Charlamagne Tha God! “How You Doin’?”

By Khalil Amani



I blogged about…

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Added by Khalil Amani on February 12, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Some Gay Rappers Don’t Like Me? You Don’t Say!

Some Gay Rappers Don’t Like Me? You Don’t Say!

By Khalil Amani



I’m getting the eeriest feeling that some gay rappers don’t like me. Can you fuckin’ believe dat? The most vocal…

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Added by Khalil Amani on February 9, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Rev. Run: Hip-Hop’s Hallelujah Huckster

Rev. Run: Hip-Hop’s Hallelujah Huckster By Khalil Amani



Reverend Run! Reverend Run! You all know Run of rappers Run DMC. They broke major hip-hop ground with their song “Walk This Way,” fusing rap with rock music and moving the genre further into the mainstream—the rappers who rapped “My Adidas” and never got a royalty… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on February 8, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Not Hiding In Hip-Hop: Gay & Lesbian Rappers…“Out” and “Proud!”

Not Hiding In Hip-Hop: Gay & Lesbian Rappers…“Out” and “Proud!” By Khalil Amani



With all the hype and hoopla surrounding the release of Terrance Dean’s book, Hiding In Hip-Hop, I think it is most apropos to expose mainstream hip-hop audiences to some real, live, “out,” and openly Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender (LGBT) rappers. You talkin’ about “keepin’ it real?” Unlike those D/L brothas and…

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Added by Khalil Amani on February 8, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Gray is the New Black!

Gray is the New Black!

By Khalil Amani

Have you ever seen some old dude in the club, clearly in his mid to late…

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Added by Khalil Amani on February 7, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Prince Cat-Eyez! King of the Diss Record!

Prince Cat-Eyez! King of the Diss Record! By Khalil Amani

(Gay rapper Prince Cat-Eyez, the Inland Empire Assassin)



Before you say it—yes, I represent Prince Cat-Eyez. I’ve loved his Movement for a long time. My dude has been on his grind for a long minute now, taking on all comers when it comes to putting out diss records. Going back to his diss record (One Hit Blunder) at mainstream artist Khia (My neck, my back… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on February 3, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Step Your Shoe Game Up!

Step Your Shoe Game Up! By Khalil Amani



So I was in Miami this past weekend (thus, the lack of blogs written) and was livin’ li vida loca. I ate some authentic Cuban food—black beans & rice, plantain chips, Red Snapper and some other good stuff. I also went to this fabulous club called “M-1”, which was crazy-stupid-hyped! Thanks to my best friend David, whose nephew is an international model, who models for the club owner’s company, we got in free and sat in V.I.P.… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on February 2, 2010 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

In Case You Didn’t Know!

In Case You Didn’t Know! By Khalil Amani



In case some of y’all thought I was a one-article feature in DJ Kayslay’s “Straight Stuntin Magazine”—I’m officially one of his staff writers, representing my gay peeps, my sistas and spiritual matters of a hip-hop nature.



I am honored to have a voice in this hip-hop landscape (being a half-century old and all!) I look forward to pushing the hip-hop genre beyond the… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on February 1, 2010 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Why Gay Hip-Hop/Rap?

Why Gay Hip-Hop/Rap? By Khalil Amani



*This essay appeared in DJ Kayslay's "Straight Stuntin Magazine," (July '09 issue) putting Khalil Amani on the national hip-hop map. Before you jump to conclusions (not that it really matters), Khalil Amani is a straight black man who advocates for gay rappers. Hard to believe? Well deal with it! lol!

(Khalil Amani on the cover/in Straight Stuntin Magazine!)…



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Added by Khalil Amani on January 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Because the Bible Says So!

Because the Bible Says So!

By Khalil Amani



I just hate it with everything I’ve got when I hear someone defend a position with the Bible, as if the Bible is the definitive moral compass whereby humanity must be governed. I just want to slap somebody silly when I hear the Bible being used as the only…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

When “Telling” Becomes “Snitching.”

When “Telling” Becomes “Snitching.”

By Khalil Amani



Hip-hop heads have got the game all fucked up! I was recently listening to gangster rapper 40 Glocc and Zoo Life talk about the “No Snitching” code and T.I.’s commercial for Crime Stoppers. In their narrow-minded worldview, talking to the police (on any level) is snitching. According to 40 Glocc, T.I.… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on January 18, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Y’all Lookin’ Mighty Sugar-Daddy-ish!

Y’all Lookin’ Mighty Sugar-Daddy-ish! By Khalil Amani



I was listening to T.I.’s song 
“Whatever You Like” and his lyrics got me to thinking about being a Sugar-Daddy, since I’m at that Sugar-Daddy-ish age, being *Two-Score and nine years old. (*A “Score” is 20 years) A “Sugar-Daddy” is an single guy who’s still on a pussy hunt—an old-head who’s willing to pay a woman to be in her company—an old nigga who stays paying a woman’s rent, food, pampers, water bill, light…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 17, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

The Genesis: Finding Homo-Hop

The Genesis: Finding Homo-Hop. By Khalil Amani.



The groundwork for this book was written over seven years ago in a tome I wrote called Ghetto Religiosity II: Uncovering The Naked Truth and another book I penned called Hip-Hop-perations: surgical essays & poems for the ghetto mind (iuniverse.com 2000, 2001). Two chapters I wrote back then are found within these pages: “Homosexuality: The Great Sin of Sodom? Deconstructing The Biblical Myth Against… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on January 16, 2010 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Lia Cha: Da Baddest Chick in da Game!

Lia Cha: Da Baddest Chick in da Game!

By Khalil Amani

Have you ever seen a person that was so beautiful—so extraordinarily put together—so aesthetically pleasing—so flawless—so easy on the eyes—so mesmerizing and magnetic—so breathtaking that you couldn’t keep your eyes off of them? Not on…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 13, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Fail! …So You’re a G.G.G.?

Fail! …So You’re a G.G.G.? By Khalil Amani



If the word “faggot” means “weak”—if straight hip-hop heads use the word “faggot,” not to demean a gay person, but as a diss to someone’s manhood—to effeminize—if “faggot” is a rapper’s expression of contempt for another rapper’s lyrical prowess—if “faggot” means all these things then we should stop saying that a rapper is homophobic because he may use the word “faggot” in his rhymes.



If this is… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on January 12, 2010 at 3:28pm — 5 Comments

Kim k & Amber Rose: Hip-Hop’s Mary Magdalenes

Kim K & Amber Rose. Hip-Hop’s Mary Magdalenes

By Khalil Amani

I’m sick of it! I’m sick and fucking tired of the disrespect to women within hip-hop! I’m especially pissed at the way video models and strippers are portrayed! This ain’t no diatribe about sexual exploitation of women…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 12, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why Can't I be Hip-hop? Because I'm Old/er?

Why Can't I be Hip-hop? Because I'm old/er?

By Khalil Amani

 

I’m first generation hip-hop! Eighteen-years old when "Rappers Delight" hit the airwaves! Rap music started with my generation of teenagers! Now, some of y’all wanna diss me for indulging in some shyt (hip-hop) that started with me? The…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Origin of Our Homophobia

The Origin of Our Homophobia.

By Khalil Amani

 

From Khalil Amani's groundbreaking book on homophobia in Hip-Hop, "Hip-Hop Homophobes..." (www.iuniverse.com)…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Raekwon, The Chef’s Soup de Jour? Homophobia!

Raekwon, The Chef’s Soup de Jour? Homophobia! By Khalil Amani



I love Wu Tang Clan! I love Raekwon’s music! But I don’t like his ignorance/homophobia! A little while ago, Shade 45’s Angela Yee interviewed Raekwon “The Chef” and that female/lesbian Snoop from HBO’s The Wire. In the course of interviewing Snoop, they got into a discussion about homosexuality/gay people in the industry. This is what Raekwon had to say: “My mouth too small to suck a dick… we… Continue

Added by Khalil Amani on January 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Jay-Z: “Jesus Can’t Save You”—Part II By Khalil Amani

Jay-Z: “Jesus Can’t Save You”—Part II

By Khalil Amani



If you haven’t read “Part I” of this blog (Jay-Z, Know-The-Ledge: Jesus Can’t Save You), by all means, read it!



To make Christians feel comfortable about their savior, I’ll concede in the erroneous naming of the Hebrew Anointed One. For…

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Added by Khalil Amani on January 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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