Is the Hip-Hop Community Ready for a Gay Rapper?
Written By Jordan Lee of Houston TREND
Homosexuals in the rap community have a new member. New Orleans’ Young Fly Red has debuted his new single titled, “Throw That Boy P***y.” What is a “boy p***y” you ask? A “boy p***y” is referring to a males rear end. Why Young Fly Red decided to make a song about it is the real question.
The video takes place in a club where you have guys dressed, in what would usually be a female’s attire, twerking and flaunting their “boy p***y”. The song will have replay value in the gay clubs, but is the rap community ready for openly gay rappers?
The same question arises in different areas of entertainment. Usually openly gay actors and singers have been widely accepted. There’s Neil Patrick Harris (actor) who is openly gay with a husband and kids. Harris grosses about $225K an episode for How I Met Your Mother. There’s also Sir Elton John (entertainer), one of the best selling music artists in the world. Clearly the public doesn’t mind entertainment from those two. However, you have Michael Sam, former Missouri Tigers lineman, who is sixth round draft pick possibly because he came out to the world right before draft picks started. Apparently the sports world is not as accepting as closeted athletes would like. Former Ravens quarterback, Kordell Stewart, was merely rumored to be gay and it currently haunts him with claims of marrying his former wife, Porsha Stewart, to use as his “gay beard”. So what about the rap community?
Some openly gay rappers include New York’s Le1f, Chicago’s Big Dipper, and the gay twins that make up Elephant. All have a different approach when it comes to their craft, but none like Young Fly Red. The way that he is objectifying men can be a little unsettling. Unfortunately, there are plenty of straight rappers that use objectifying lyrics towards women, but should gay rappers turn to that type of rap to help them gain attention?
OPINION: Neither straight nor gay rappers should turn to using objectifying lyrics in their rap. I’m sure there are plenty of women who don’t appreciate being objectified and I’m very sure that men would feel the same way. I don’t care if you are a gay rapper, but just like all the rap that I listen to, there needs to be substance in the lyrics.