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Snoop Lion: There are Masculine Gay Rappers!

Snoop Lion: There are Masculine Gay Rappers!

By Khalil Amani


I’m always miffed and amazed when the media asks famous people about subjects that they are no authority on. On the debate on gays and rap Snoop Lion recently said, “Frank Ocean ain’t no rapper. He’s a singer. It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it would ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine.”



A few years back DJ Kay Slay and I experimented with this very idea—that there are masculine gay rappers and would people be able to recognize a gay rapper based solely on lyrics. So, we invited five gay rappers to appear on Slay’s Streetsweepers Sirius Satellite radio show to rap. We didn't tell the audience that they were gay until all five had a chance to rap. We opened the phone lines and for the most part, people dug their raps—and then we dropped the bomb. They were all GAY RAPPERS! I just know niggas were backpedaling in their minds! LOL. We proved that all this gay/straight stuff is a crock of shit when it comes to lyricism in rap music.


(Khalil Amani [yellow cap], DJ Kay Slay & 5 gay rappers)


Like many straight heads, Snoop Dogg/Lion is misinformed about gayness. He tends to believe that most gay dudes are of the soft, effeminate, and limp-wrist variety. Well here’s a newsflash! I know some gay gangstas—some homo thugs that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley! I’ve “seent” some tatted up, gold teeth, muscle-bound, hat-to-da-back, saggin’, thugged-out, predicate felon, weed-smokin’ gay dudes and gay rappers that are more masculine than many straight rappers! (Not that these things define masculinity, but in hip-hop terms, they do.)


As gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate, I’ve been to gay rap shows (yes I have!) and seen gay dudes and thought to myself, “That nigga’s gay? Nigga looks like Tupac!” “Oh snap! There’s Biggie!” “He has to be kin to 50 Cent!” “That cat looks like he’d give a nigga a Maino ‘Hand of God’ smack!” Like most of y’all, (when I was in my 20’s and stupid as fuck), I too, thought of gay dudes as soft punks, but I’ve seen gay dudes that were so hard (pause)—that they made me seem gay! I’ve seen gay dudes who buck every stereotype, archetype, motif and model of gayness! I’ve been in gay hip-hop venues where (gay) niggas were giving me the mean-mug and the ice-grill! I didn’t know if these gay dudes wanted to fight me or fuck me! Talk about a culture-shock!


Just as there are pencil-neck geeky bloggers (like myself!), who are straighter than an arrow and “wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight”—there are gay dudes that you’d never clock as gay that can throw them dick-beaters (fists) with the best straight dudes!


Snoop has shown his ignorance of the vast array of gay men that are in every city in America. Snoop makes reference to gay guys getting beat up back in the day, but what of those straight guys who got “that work” too? Remember the nerd, the geek, the soft-spoken shy kid who liked girls and hated physical confrontation? This has nothing to do with gay or straight, but personality. Some guys are built like that—confrontational ass-kickers and some guys are non-confrontational. I recently read an article about a gay dude who went around beating up straight dudes just because—and then let them know he was gay after the thrashing. He’s that same dude who would break the fingers of you homophobic keyboard killers and mouse-pad mobsters who can’t wait to get home from flipping burgers and fire up your computer to be homophobically flippant on deez Internetz. (Yes! I’m talking to you!)


Snoop says, “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies.” (Doesn’t this eerily remind you of when white folk used to say, “I don’t have a problem with black people? I have some black friends”—and it just left a bad taste in your mouf? I’m jus’ sayin’…) Hey! Some of my best friends are gay!


So Snoop’s answer to rap’s acceptance of an openly gay rapper making it in mainstream music is just the misguided, uninformed, gibber-jabber of a heterosexual male who doesn’t understand the wide spectrum of gayness. It is inevitable! It will happen—whether he has to “Frank Ocean” his way in or just be the gay equivalent of Eminem—someone who is such a powerful wordsmith that color (and/or sexual orientation) will be of no consequence.


There are plenty of masculine gay rappers waiting in the wings—@deadlee2213, @Kaoz612, @Boneintell, @SonnyLewisdaMC, @LastO, @greene_lester—for example, who spit that Dylan “hot fiyah.”


Hip-hop/rap music, as a genre, is blissfully ig-nant. We’d rather live in a cesspool of homophobic ratchetness than join the musical family and invite our gay comrades to the table of rap brotherhood. Yes! Many of you Negroes are homophobic. No! You don't fear gay people. That's not what homophobia means! You aren't shaking in your boots at the sight of them! "Phobia" (also) means "irrational fear or having an AVERSION TO or to discriminate against [based solely on them being gay]." If you don't want gays doing hip-hop on the basis of their sexual orientation you are a homophobe.


All of this pseudo-posturing about rap masculinity! Date-raping our Queens is okay, but them gay rappers—now we’ve crossed the line!


Khalil Amani & gay rapper Deadlee on Howard Stern Show


Khalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. Amani blogs at He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

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