It’s no secret that the Hip Hop music, widely associated with the African American community has been slated as one of the more homophobic (which I do not agree with at all). But from statisticians to casual observers believe that this confounded belief has seen a decrease as more affluent members of the African American community evolve in their assessment of gay rights, more have been vocal about it. Rapper A$AP Rocky is also in agreement of this noting how legends in the HipHop community are welcoming LGBT fans and musicians. Here’s more:
Harlem native A$AP Rocky recently sounded off on “the gay thing” in hip hop during an interview with Alexander Wang for Interview Magazine. The “Goldie” rapper says he wants to use his platform as an artist to let people know how he feels about the hot button topic.
“So now that I’m here and I’ve got a microphone in my hand and about 6,000 people watching me, I need to tell them how I feel,” he said. “For instance, one big issue in hip hop is the gay thing. It’s 2013, and it’s a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It’s crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip hop is small-minded or stupid — and that’s not the case.”
Rocky said that he treats everybody equal and he wants his listeners and followers to do the same. “We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they’re gonna represent me. And if I’m gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way.”
So with this wave that’s taken over the country as far as acceptance, does this mean that we will see more artists and musicians emerge from the Hip Hop community that are members of the LGBT community? It certainly appears that it’s more plausible.