Hip-hop/Spirituality/Freethinking. Speaking for all underdogs!
By Khalil Amani
(Lesbian rap/R&B group God-Dess & She. Follow @goddesandshe)
Lest you forget (or don't know), I'm gay hip-hop's straight advocate & ally! I wrote the seminal work on homophobia in hip-hop ("Hip-hop Homophobes: Origin & Attitudes Towards Gays & Lesbians in Hip-Hop Culture; As Perpetuated by Rappers, Thugs, Athletes, Reggae Rastas & Religionists; Essays on the 3,000 Year Old Polemic Against Homosexuality; A Religious Hoax!" www.iuniverse.com 2007. ISBN 978-0-595-47541-4) Not only that! I write for DJ Kay Slay's Straight Stuntin Magazine--an official urban modeling magazine where I continue to speak gay rapper truth.
Ever since gay rapper Deadlee turned me on to the world of gay & lesbian rappers, I’ve been a fan of their come-up! I wanna see a gay rapper break the threshold of mainstream rap music! That has been my aim and continues to be my aim! As gay hip-hop’s straight advocate I am determined to champion their cause.
I’m about that life! I don’t just write about this hip-hop thingy, as it relates to gays & lesbians doing hip-hop! I actively seek out these artists whenever they present themselves on my radar. Such was the case for God-Des & She.
The Coonerific One (Khalil Amani!) spent Tuesday (Feb. 11, 2013) in Denver, CO. at club Eden to see lesbian hip-hop collective God-Des & She. One raps and one sings, blending rap and R&B seamlessly. Whenever I see these “underground” or ”unsigned” (to a major deal) acts it puts me in the frame of mind of hip-hop’s/rap’s humble beginnings—when niggas were rapping for the love of the craft! You don’t need a stadium full of people—just enough people to fill up a room and a microphone and system that bumps!
(Khalil Amani with God-Des & She. Love that fucking name!)
This is why I enjoy going to hear acts such as God-Des & She. You can feel the passion and zeal in their delivery. Authentic hip-hop! God-Des & She have great chemistry! Their music runs the gamut—from rapping about romance to singing about the joys of eating pussy to partying to challenging society’s homophobia, including religion’s homophobia. They have a great balance of activism and party rap.
God-Des & She are hip-hop regardless! It doesn’t matter what your small-minded perspective may be on gays doing hip-hop! Gays are doing hip-hop without your permission!
(God-Des & She in Denver, CO. 2-11-13)
Ah! Like a “Frank Ocean”—it’s just a matter of time before the last bastion of social ignorance is broken down—homophobia—and gays/lesbians can walk through those hollowed (holy) hip-hop doors and stand next to the Nas’s and Jay-Zs of the world. Then and only then will hip-hop/rap come into fruition as its founding fathers meant it—to be a voice unto the voiceless—to speak truth to power and to lift up a marginalized people and say, “We hear you!” That is the hope of hip-hop and with each performance by LGBT rap groups like God-Des & She—they are torturing “water-boarding” hip-hop into telling the truth! Soon, the walls of hip-hop’s Jericho will come tumbling down. Just watch and see!
Khalil Amani, self-professed gay rapper advocate/ally. Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay's Straight Stuntin Magazine. Follow Khalil Amani on Facebook/Twitter @khalil amani.