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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 the case, may I suggest that we start allowing non-black (white) rappers to use the word “nigga” in their rhymes, because we all know that “nigga” is a “term of endearment” in hip-hop, right?”

What gives black people the right to redefine “faggot”—and use it freely without being labeled a homophobe, but not white people the right to redefine “nigger”—and use it freely and not be labeled a racist? I’m just sayin’…

Nigger and faggot are hurtful words! Any argument here? Both words offend two minority groups—blacks and gays.

I mean, really, what’s the problem? If black folk can use “historical gymnastics” to turn one of the most vile, wretched, and deplorable words (nigger) into a “term of endearment”—if hip-hop heads can take a word like “faggot,” which is quite offensive to a homosexual person, why can’t white people use the word “nigga” in their rhymes?

Blacks (rappers) can offend gays, but whites (rappers) can’t offend blacks? Do I smell a double-standard? Do I smell hypocrisy? The fuck?

If using the word “faggot” in a rap song were truly about dissing someone’s manhood and/or lyrical ability and no diss to gay people, why are there some gangsta rappers that like to “go in” on gays? If being gangsta is being tough, strong, violent and uber-male and being gay is soft, weak, peaceful and uber-female, it seems to me that there is a lot of bullying going on!

Take LA gangsta rapper 40 Glocc who’s gone on record and said such outlandish shit as, “I don’t like faggots. I don’t care if you a faggot. I don’t like you. I don’t like faggots! I don’t care if you a faggot or not! Or Chicago-based gangsta rapper Trick Trick (not to be confused with Trick Daddy) who, right before the release of his album (which, by-the-way, went double-wood) said, “Homosexuals are probably not gonna like this album… I don’t want your faggot money any goddamn way. He’s a fucking faggot so I’m lettin’ off my AK/Bust ‘em in his forehead/He ain’t worth lettin’ live/A man and man shouldn’t raise another man’s kids!”

These guys suffer from a condition called “G.G.G.”Gangsters who “Go-in” on Gays. As weak and soft and effeminate and sweet as they claim gay people are—they save their most hateful venom—people who’ve never crossed them disrespectfully—people who aren’t responsible for their low status in life or their poverty-ridden condition or their lack of popularity in mainstream hip-hop circles. These are the people they lash out at! Gangstas who go in on gays! How gay is that? You’ve gotta be one weak motherfucker to target someone who you believe is physically weaker than you—gays! Grown-ass bullies!

And they do it with a straight face! Is it just me or does anyone else see the facade and charade perpetuated by gangsters against the weak?

You say gay people are weak and then you attack them? How gangsta is that?

Gangstas who Go-in on Gays is the new CB4! Fake! These guys are your modern-day Goliaths, fighting against a gay-boy David (gay people). Fail!

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Comment by Khalil Amani on January 18, 2010 at 12:39am
Andrew have you read/heard of a book called "Brother Love: murder, money and a messiah"? (Pantheon books 1994, by Sydney Freedberg)

Part of my story is told inher book with three pictures of me in it also. Rozier's story is told there too. She did a great job of documenting the whole cult and its key players, such as myself and Rozier. It should be in someone's library.

Who would play me in a movie? Tough question. The young Khalil...hmmm? Mariah Carey's hubby, what's his face? The old Khalil... Denzel! lol!
Comment by Khalil Amani on January 17, 2010 at 9:28pm
Yes! My memoir was seven years in the making! I spilled my guts and it was cathartic! Remember the comic Rodney Dangerfield? (RIP) Well, his wife is a good friend of mine who's trying to sell it to Hollywood as a movie. Keeping my fingers crossed. It was be a movie that exposes a whole lot of stuff...as you know.
Comment by mister on January 15, 2010 at 4:31am
Sure, dont book any accommodation before speaking to me and id love to show you about.x
Comment by Khalil Amani on January 13, 2010 at 7:34pm
yes! according to Wikipedia, "Fag" can be a British student who serves upperclassmen. I just found that out last year when researching the origin of the word. Andrew, you're right! Another meaning for fag is "burning sticks/bundles." The practice of burning gay people, thus the term faggot came into use. This is why we must EDUCATE people about its HORRIBLE history. At the same time, there will be gay people who will "own" the word faggot and make it theirs, similarly to how some blacks have reinterpreted "nigger." Thanks for your comments guys! It really means a lot to have this dialog! Hey Maker! We've come a long way and I can truly say that I like you and I apologize from where we came. Also, I'm gonna plan a trip to England in 2011. I've never been there so I want you to do the honors and show me around and introduce me to the gay rappers in your country. Bless man, khalil.

Andrew, keep speaking your truth! We too have some history (Yahweh cult) and I wanna meet you someday soon. Bless! Khalil.
Comment by mister on January 13, 2010 at 3:05pm
i learnt something interesting on this fact over xmas too, my new boyfriend is like the most posh mofo youl ever meet, he went to private school where he lived and grew up etc...... when your in private school all the kids in the year below you are called "fags" and they have to do anything you ask, like making toast and tea and all the other british crumpet ass shit.... you are given a "fag" and he remains your "fag" till you leave school and he indeed has his own fag..... crazy shit.... But yeah it does come from a bundle of sticks, but im sure it wasnt meant in an evil way like that, gay used to be happy etc..... Plus im gay i aint no faggit (unless i chose to be that is)

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