Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) has been receiving a lot of media attention as a result of his comments about whether an openly LGBT rapper would be successful. Even though he personally welcomed the prospect he felt that the rest of the rap industry wouldn’t be as welcoming. But since he made those comments he has once again evolved on the subject, now believing that it would be possible. Here’s more:
The former “D-O-Double-G” has been very vocal lately about his support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. During an interview with VH1′s Big Morning Buzz host Carrie Keagan, Snoop Lion altered his previous opinion on gay rappers being accepted in hip-hop.
Although the West Coast rapper has no problem with with gays, he previously stated that it’s hard for hip-hop to accept same gender loving artists because of its masculinity. But during his chat with Keagan, he stated that the hip-hop community will eventually accept it because there is currently an influx of unity going on in music.
“In the near future it will happen because everybody is open for everything. It’s so much race relations going on,” said the “Gin and Juice” rapper. “It’s so much unification going on in music and in life in general. We have people crossing up and becoming a part of each other’s culture.”
It is nice to see that Snoop has had time to ruminate on his past comments and grow from them, but the question still remains; will other rap artists be willing and able to welcome an openly gay rapper? See the issue may not be as prevalent for lesbian or bisexual women rappers as that is encouraged within this music genre. Though there is still rampant misogyny and an erroneous tendency to place women in this genre as second class citizens, a woman’s homosexuality is most often shown leniency or praised in this music genre.
It’s the men that are able to openly express their love and affection for other men that seems to be something that the rap community has been unable and unwilling to overcome and grow from. The ideal of masculinity is still praised above all else and if these up and coming gay rappers will be able to sustain a career in an often times chauvinistic and homophobic music culture then the genre itself will have to evolve and be more accepting of what masculinity truly is, which is treating any perceived ideals of femininity with respect. I think the rap genre can and will someday welcome an openly gay rapper but the genre has to evolve.