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ASAP Rocky Mostly Got it Right!
By Khalil Amani
Many moons ago—when I became a Gay Rights advocate and more specifically, a gay rapper champion, blowing the horn of inclusion for my lesbian, gay, Bi and transgender (LGBT) hip-hop heads—going literary fisticuffs against the machine for their rightful place in this mainstream rap industry, I became a pariah—a hip-hop outcast.
Oh, these ninjas gave me "that work!" I was summarily excommunicated from the Good-ol’ Boys Club of “Hetro-sexual” hip-hop! (Think “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”). Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Kay Slay came to say, “Khalil, with your nose so green, won’t you write that gay thing-ee?” Slay plucked me out of blogging obscurity and let me write for the #1 urban model magazine in the world—Straight Stuntin Magazine—where my first article was “Why Gay Hip-Hop/Rap?” I got a cosign from one of the realest! DJ Kay Slay! (If you don’t know who tha god, DJ Kay Slay, the Drama King, the “Gatekeeper of All Things Hip-Hop” is—stop reading this! Go to www.JustinBieber.com and kill ya‘self afterwards! You ain’t hip-hop!)
And now I'm writing for the most respected and dangerous hip-hop site, Allhiphop.com! "Started from the bottom, now we here!" What!
Most of you are just beginning to delve into the mind of Khalil Amani. This nigga done Trojan Horsed da game and got me reading all this gay shit! I hear you! Ah! But maybe it’s not gay. Maybe my world-view is only 10-square blocks and if it weren’t for deez Internetz—it would be 5-square blocks!
I know I’ve shocked your heterosexual sensibilities when I say such “suspect” things as “I’m a Rick Ross dick-rider.” (I could've used "Stan," but "dick-rider" gets your goat. And you know me! I'm all about shock-value! LOL) "Dick” makes your puny mind go haywire. LOL. Admittedly, I love being called gay. In the words of Kurt Cobain (not Kirko Bangz, smh.), “I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.” Simply put, I’m just too old to care what you think about my sexuality, so have it as you like! Just remember this young man. I’ve fell into more vaginas—accidentally—than most of you will get—on purpose—and I’ve never slipped a chick a Molly! Hell! I might be some of y’all’s daddy!
Enter ASAP Rocky…
How refreshing it is when a young (black) man, barely in his 20’s gets it! He’s not caught up in the homophobia of many of this generation’s ignorance. (Or is it that 90's generation trying to stay homophobically relevant?) Gay, straight—who really gives a shit? You know, there’s a saying, “Those who protest most are most suspect!”—and some of you are looking mad-suspect. You stand mute—yea, mum-mouthed on date-rape and raise hella ruckus over a rapper’s fashion sensibilities! Some of you saw ASAP Rocky in a seemingly dress (It was really a designer oversized “Wife Beater”) and went ballistic! LOL!
Here’s a newsflash. Commenting on another man’s swag, clothing, and accoutrement is very suspect! Have you not heard?
Taking his cue from Kanye West and Jay-Z, this young dude ASAP Rocky isn’t afraid to speak his mind on gay America. He wants to know what the big deal is. Why, in 2013, are people still wearing FUBU, Cross Colors and Karl Kani (steeped in homophobia)? Some of you are too young to know those ghetto designers, but you get my drift.
ASAP Rocky told Spinner magazine, "I don't give a f--- about your business! Man, if you're gay we can be friends. If you're straight, we can be friends. I'm not gay, I don't plan on being gay, I don't condone it and I'm not sayin' I'm against it. I really don't give a f--- and I don't think anyone should care about what another man's preference is... unless he's interested, if you know what I'm sayin'. It doesn't matter. You don't see people for being gay. People need to leave gay people the f--- alone. Like, who cares? If you still care about s--- like that you need to just hang yourself like the rest of them KKK motherf---ers. For real. Who gives a f---?[Hate a person] because they're a thief or a bad person. Don't hate 'em for what they choose to do, because they make decisions on their own time what they choose to do. I don't care and it's like f---ed up that hip-hop is so retarded. They don't want to accept nothing."
ASAP Rocky mostly got it right! The only chinks in ASAP Rocky’s armor are when he stated, "I'm not saying that hip-hop needs gay rappers or anything… and I don't plan on being gay, I don't condone it." But that’s okay! He stated the obvious! Homophobia is retarted! (for lack of a better word and no diss to people with learning disabilities.) I'll take it from here. That’s where yours truly comes in! I "condone it!" (Homosexuality & gay marriage). Homosexuality is a normal part of human sexuality (so says the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM-IV-R]), so if you feel gay, then be gay! Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Humankind is not immune to same-sex attraction.
I’m here to push the hip-hop envelope into the exosphere (6200 miles above earth!). I’m saying that hip-hop needs an openly gay rapper who has the wordplay to shit on your favorite rapper seven days a week! I’m saying that the true essence of hip-hop was about giving a voice to the voiceless—the voice of the urban Bantustan (the people’s land!)—speaking for the marginalized, those gay voices that have continually been silenced. And yes! There are other genres of hip-hop that need to be heard like "Krip-hop." (Disabled or crippled hip-hop artists... Shout-out to Leroy Moore, its founder.)
ASAP Rocky isn’t trying to be the poster-boy for gay rights. He’s just from a younger generation of heads who sees the ignorance of it all. He’s someone whose not so much about “keeping it (ghetto-ly) real” for the sake of the (heterosexual) hip-hop machine that he’d remain silent on one of the most pressing issues of the day—gay rights—like many of these selfish, self-absorbed rappers. Kanye West, Jay-Z and President Obama have shown him the way!
As for Khalil Amani—I’m about that life (since 2007!)—repping for gay rappers and actively seeking to introduce a gay rapper to mainstream hip-hop. When one does come on the scene, you can thank me (or curse me), because that is my agenda and one of my main objectives for blogging.
I really don’t care if you like gay people or not. If you're not a mover and shaker, your "opinion" on these blogs is quite irrelevant in the grand scheme of social evolution. Your comments are, at best, infantile bromides, which are devoid of any historical, social or substantive rigor. (Damn I just said a mouthful!) Hating gays and gay marriage is just your fucked-up religio-politico-cultural upbringing rearing its ugly head.
This is my Raison d'être (Reason for my existence). I can take it! Keep the hate coming. I’m built for this. Homo, faggot, D/L, suspect, queer. Been called it all! Just Google me. I will always give you the last word, so speak up! The cat is now out of the bag, so “Do what thou wilt” to stop me. I'm gay hip-hop's self-professed "straight" advocate and the C.O.O.N. (Consciously Optimistic, Overtly Nihilistic) you love to hate. You ain't know? Well now you know! Welcome to the Khalil Amani show!
Khalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. 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 at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12