From A$AP to Jay Z: 15 hip-hop stars who think homophobes are mothaf*ckas
15 LGBT artists and allies disprove the stereotype that the rap industry is homophobic.
Hip-hop music can sometimes be regarded as an overtly masculine and competitive scene.
In the past, being a female rapper or identifying as LGBT has been judged as a weakness.
With derogatory or crude slurs appearing throughout rap verses, it can be difficult to discern LGBT allies from the rest of the industry.
Azealia Banks, who identifies as bisexual, is known for her excessive use of the word “faggots”- particularly on social media.
She defends her behaviour as acceptable because of her sexual orientation and is quoted, saying: “even if i am a homophobe… so wat? [sic] i still make more $ than u”.
Additionally, Eminem has a long-standing history of offending both the LGBT community and women, although he claims not to be homophobic or transphobic.
Recently, in light of Caitlyn Jenner’s public transition, he wrote a verse, saying: “I invented prick, and that’s a true statement, I see the bitch in you, Caitlyn / I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s dick”.
Other artists, such as Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea, also exhibit anti-LGBT sentiments.
However, the scene is becoming more progressive because of those willing to speak out in support of the LGBT community.
Many rappers have denounced their previously expressed homophobia and apologised for their ignorance on the issue, accepting the advancement in hip-hop.
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