When rapper Frank Ocean came out of the closet earlier this year, many wondered how well a gay hip-hop star might be received. As it turns out, the hip hop industry is moving from “no homo” to “no homophobia”.
First 50 Cent, JayZ and Kanye West pledged their support for Ocean and gay rights, now Snoop and Ice-T are coming out for the gays.
Snoop thinks it is a sign of change.
“People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different,” he said.
Ice-T said it all depends on the lyrics they’re putting down.
He said: “I’ve done hardcore hip-hop in my life where masculinity is at a premium. At this moment right now, we’re in the world of pop-rap and it doesn’t really matter right now. These guys are singing, it’s pop music and being in pop and gay is OK.”
“It would be difficult to listen to a gay gangster rapper… If you’re a gangster rapper like myself and Ice Cube… if one of us came out and said something, that would be a big thing. That would be like, ‘Whoa! What?’”
Since coming out, Ocean has seen little resistance from those within the hip hop community.
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