As both a committed ally to LGBT people and an avowed fan of hip-hop music, I often find myself at odds with the unfortunate waves of homophobic language that tend to pop up in rap. Of course, this is not to say that all rappers are homophobic--that would be an irresponsible exaggeration--but certainly enough to make me pause and reflect every once in a while. Since hip-hop remains such a huge cultural force amongst youth today, I'll be exploring various facets of hip-hop culture and homophobia in a series of blog posts--and hopefully raising important questions about how sexuality, race and gender all play important roles in shaping popular youth culture. A recent Slate article cites these words to outline a broader lyrical shift that Kanye has taken in his short 5 years in the limelight.
Kanye West Calls for End to Gay Bashing
Watch Kanye West Get Upset About Homophobia In Hip-Hop, 10 Years Ago - MTV
The rapper was replying to those who have criticised his dress sense — hip-hop loudmouths who have tried to "label" him as gay, including a recent homophobic diss by 50 Cent. West shrugged off the comments, saying that he was "authentic", "natural" and "confident with [his] manhood", and criticised some of his peers for being uncomfortable with gay people. Someone would never make a song like that [today] because they'd be like 'Whoa! I can't make no song like that!
No Homo? Hip-Hop and Homophobia (Part 1)
Kanye West is an outspoken artist -- that much we know. But we're never able to predict exactly where he will direct his passionate stream of thoughts. During an August interview with MTV News exactly 10 years ago for example, we witnessed one of his most important tangents to date. During the extensive interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway, Kanye spoke about his music and his mom, but things took an interesting turn and led him down a path to discussing homophobia in hip-hop. This was a very bold move for a rapper at the time.
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