Besides the obvious elephant in the room that’s associated with rap music and it’s powerful stigma of degrading women, homophobia is arguably the biggest taboo within the culture. While we’ve seen tracks that promote the elimination of misogyny and the whole idea behind it’s influence with mass produced, radio dominant music (Lupe Fiasco‘s brilliant and poignant “Bitch Bad” immediately comes to mind,) the misuse of terms like “gay” are still prevalent and are almost exclusively used as a term used to describe an individual’s weakness due to the fact that they are not attracted to the opposite sex. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Same Love” has been a catalyst in the movement, but we need to continue to push the idea that a person’s sexual preference carries no weight in the heat of the cypher, or on wax.
Earlier this week, Mister Cee, one of New York’s premier Radio DJs, was caught attempting to receive oral sex from a transexual prostitute. This is not the first time this has happened; he was arrested the previous two times trying to service a male prostitute in the past. Cee has admitted that he doesn’t not consider himself to be gay, as he’s “had many experiences with women in the past.” It itsn’t fair to immediately judge him based on his lifestyle choices. Let’s not forget that this man was responsible for impacting the careers of both Big Daddy Kane and a young Notorious B.I.G., two artists that are considered by most to be the some of the greatest individuals in the history of Hip-Hop.
It’s a shame that people have to separate their public perception from who they actually are. Who knows? There could be a lot of people who are secretly gay but have to hide their sexuality in order to maintain their image and sell records. We’re making great strides in regards to exposing this prejudice mentality (NBA center Jason Collins has somewhat recently come out of the closet); one thing is for sure, we are going in the right direction and hopefully, we can exist in a world where a sexual decision does not dictate how an individual is looked upon.
This week we’ve got 5 tracks that you may have missed during the very busy work week:
1) Chiddy Bang – HeartBeat (feat. Two Guyz)
2) Flatbush Zombies (feat. Action Bronson) – “Club Soda”
3) Nutso & DJ Low Cut (feat. Rasheed Chappell, AG Da Coroner, C-Rayz Walz & Smiley The Ghetto Child) – “Homicide Blocks”
4) Daimyo (feat. Witness) – “Mission Statement”
5) Mack Wilds (feat. Method Man) – “Wild Things”