Hip-hop/Spirituality/Freethinking. Speaking for all underdogs!
By Khalil Amani
I was a fan of VladTV.com on these Internets! Its owner, DJ Vlad has a really neat website (I think it’s far better than its rival Worldstarhiphop.com in terms of information and interviews), but I’m calling foul over this gay thingy! And if DJ Vlad thinks he’s gonna Rick Ross sue me over this blog, somebody better tell him I’m a broke Negro who rides a scooter and makes minimum wage flowering Yard-Bird down at the local Chicken Shack! (Not really, but I like the idea of artistic licensure/freedom to embellish lie when applicable!)
DJ Vlad, best known for getting hands put on him beat the fuck up by Rick Ross & Company over the correctional officer allegations, which, by the way, proved to be true—Vlad sued the dog-shit out of Ross for an alleged $300.000, thus Ross rapped, “A punch in the face a getcha three hundred k/Ask Vlad/ Now he back to makin’ minimum wage/Another victim of my criminal way.” (From the album Teflon Don, song “Tears of Joy.”) Now you know why you never see or hear any of that great Maybach music/videos on his site! What a fucking travesty!
Yes! I was tentatively supposed to be on VladTV some months back. After opening my big fat mouf about that interview, a trolling-ass YouTuber did me a big favor and thought it wise to email Vlad and let him hear a video of me talking some hypothetical homosexual stuff... and Vlad supposedly canceled my interview. That's his story (and "claim to fame") and he's sticking to it, but the real reason that Vlad canceled our interview is two-fold. #1. Vlad researched me and came across this 2014 blog of me getting at him over his homophobia and "caught feelings." #2. Vlad read my blogs getting at Lord Jamar, who has recently given Vlad the "Heisman"... stepping away from his platform over Vlad's disrespectful remarks over Min. Farrakhan.
But the main reason?
In our phone conversation, as soon as I began to tell Vlad how far down the rabbit-hole my story went... from cult to federal government informant to Witness Protection Program to gay rights advocate to the person who first wrote about the Afrika Bambaataa stabbing & molestation... Vlad straightway stopped me in mid-sentence and told me that he didn't wanna talk about Afrika Bambaataa. Cool.
I announced my tentative interview on YouTube, but I had the distinct impression that Vlad was gonna renege on our interview once he did his homework on me. Talking about Afrika Bambaataa seemed to have spooked him! Once Vlad began to dig deep, in preparation for our interview, he would have to deal with a gay right's advocate who could articulate and debunk much of what his homophobic mouthpiece, Lord Jamar, had been spewing. So Vlad simply never followed up on our interview. Never a, "Thanks but no thanks." He simply got ghost... and this is when that trolling YouTuber decided to come in these YouTube streets and inform us that he was the snitch that stopped my interview with Vlad. He acted as though being on VladTV was the "Be all end all" of media, snitching to his audience while conveniently omitting the fact that Khalil Amani has been on national TV six (6) times--from CBS, The Biography Channel (2x!), Investigation Discovery Channel, Oxygen Channel, CW Channel... In People Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Spin Magazine, L.A. Times, Miami-Herald, Denver Post, Intouch Weekly Magazine, Fox News, Newsweek and many, many, many other mainstream sources of news.
As hip-hop media goes, I'd written for the first and most respected hip-hop website on the Internet... Allhiphop.com, which, according to Wikipedia, they write: "it is the world's most popular hip hop website. Essence magazine has dubbed it [Allhiphop.com] "the CNN of hip-hop" AND! For 10-years I'd written for the #1. Urban Model Magazine in the world! I'm tallumbout Straight Stuntin Magazine!
So really! What did losing an interview to VladTV really mean to Khalil Amani? Very fucking little! But in this trolling & snitching YouTuber's mind, he thought he'd struck pay-dirt... climbed Mt. Rushmore... discovered the "Holy Grail" of Snitching & Trolling! LOL! That nigga was more excited about Khalil Amani NOT going on VladTV than laying heavy dick to his bald-headed ex-wife! With gloating & glee, this was perhaps the greatest piece of snitching he'd added to his snitching resume'! Whatever video might've been sent to Vlad of me spewing gayness was NOT and NEVER the reason for my interview NOT to happen! Sorry to bust your bubble. Yet, in light of Vlad's current Farrakhan troubles with Lord Jamar, Geoffrey, Mysonne and many others vowing to never be on Vlad's channel.... this snitching YouTuber actually did Khalil Amani a favor! Khalil Amani doesn't ever have to worry about his name being affiliated with a white boy in visual media who seems to help black men go to prison. Fuck that atheistic Russian white boy!
As it turns out, the YouTube snitch's god used him to make sure that Khalil Amani wouldn't be forever joined at the hip with Vlad. Funny thing how The Universe works!
I was Vlad's and Lord Jamar's Kryptonite! I had had personal interaction with both of these men over their homophobia and this blog, although edited for September 2020 was first written in 2014 to address the fuck-shit being spewed against gays by Vlad and Lord Jamar. For indeed, both of these men were afraid of my gay right's conversation! And so, another YouTuber accurately titled his recent video, "Lord Jamar & Vlad TV Fear Gay Hip-Hop Advocate Khalil Amani So They Fight Each Other." I even challenged Lord Jamar to a debate on 125 Street in Harlem in 2014!
Now back to the original 2014 blog on Vlad!
But fuck alla dat! I’m crying foul over DJ Vlad’s fixation with gays in hip-hop. He’s never stated his personal views on the subject, but it’s quite clear that he ain’t with it. He’s posted a shed-load of videos with Lord Jamar, who has taken on the mantle of the hip-hop homophobic king. (P.S. “PHOBIA” also means “having an aversion to” not just fear! Step ya definition game up!) Lord Jamar is passionate about the exclusion of any gay rap voice in mainstream hip-hop/rap. He believes that black men are becoming effeminized and emasculated by gay culture and that gays are pushing their agenda onto hip-hop.
But I ain’t mad at Jamar! Erry’body’s entitled to their opinion, no matter how outdated and antiquated they are! I’m taking DJ Vlad to task! Why? Because he is one-sided on this debate, discussion/question—the gay question, that is!
Don’t get it twisted! Most mainstream hip-hop sites and publications are guilty of homophobia! Either by avoidance of the issue or downright get-the-fuck-out-of-here-with-that-bullshit! VladTV just happens to be in the line of fire because this site feigns progressive by discussing the gay question in hip-hop, but never airs an opinion outside of the resident Negro’s opinion!
Vlad has thrown objectivity out the fucking window! Vlad might think he’s moving the conversation forward, but if the only view and opinion he airs is by the same dude, then what’s the point? Lord Jamar has gone from iconic hip-hop figure to being relegated to in-house resident authority on gays. Like, is Vlad using Lord Jamar to feed and fuel his own homophobia? Why the same nigga spouting the same shit? We know Lord Jamar’s position! He has articulated it umpteen times! Shit!
Where is the voice/s of acceptance and approval for gays in hip-hop? Don’t give us ig-nant rappers with condescending affirmations of “gay mafias” and shit! Don’t interview mainstream rappers that smugly tell us they’ve prolly worked with a gay rapper unwittingly and unbeknownst to them!
I don’ offered up myself as the sacrificial lamb to VladTV and Lord Jamar and his great body of knowledge on this subject, but because I’m a fucking nobody (in Vlad’s eyes)—dude won’t even dignify me with a “Fuck no!" response.
But fuck me! There are some great gay rappers/thinkers, like Juba Kalamka and Tim’m West—both college-educated to the Masters level who made their bones in this hip-hop game in Oakland, that hotbed of social activism and consciousness. Put them on camera with Lord Jamar and watch them thoroughly deconstruct Jamar’s oh-so-weak argument against gays. Can hip-hop see that debate DJ Vlad? Or do you wanna continue the charade that Lord Jamar is invincible?
I call foul on DJ Vlad and his website! You’re pandering that same ol’ hip-hop homophobia, pimping another black man to spew the venom which you harbor in your heart. You’ve hired a black man who seems not to know that black men wore tunics, skirts, robes, dresses (or whatever the fuck your vocabulary can digest) hundreds of years, yea, many millennia before the white man introduced britches (pants) to the black man and had him adjusting and readjusting his nut-sack! (And you wonder why niggas always holdin’ themselves! Perhaps, innately, pants ain’t for a nigga?) I call foul on you DJ Vlad for exploiting another black man! You’ve dressed up a pseudo-revolutionary in the garments of white supremacy! You wrong fo' dat!
I could care less about what DJ Vlad said about Min. Farrakhan... and Hassan Campbell & Israel Doctrine, in this instance are 100% correct-ta-mundo in their assessment of Farrakhan... when Hassan stated that Farrakhan called Creflo Dollar, R. Kelly and Afrika Bambaataa his "brothers" after the child molestation allegations surfaced and Israel Doctrine taking Farrakhan to task over Farrakhan's dipping his nose in the Catholic Church's child molestation business, while being mum-mouthed on pedophilia in these black United States.
DJ Vlad may not read this blog or acknowledge the error of his ways—but I’m standing on the right side of history! I stand with Huey, Martin, Coretta, Sharpton, Dyson, West and President Barack Obama and even your Five Percent Nation brother Jay Z! (all of whom have or would have affirmed gay people) when it comes to our gay countrymen! If hip-hop does not deal kindly on the gay question, she is merely speeding up her demise and people of your ilk (some might consider a “culture vulture”) are helping dig her grave. Stop pandering that same ol’ tired-ass hip-hop homophobic tradition! Make this a righteous debate! And if you’re thinking about suing me, just remember! I work at the Chicken Shack! One.
Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One athttp://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Instagram @khalil_amani, Youtube @ yahweh 12 Khalilamani@yahoo.com