LGBTQ representations in hip hop music have been historically low. Hip hop has long been portrayed as one of the least LGBTQ -friendly genres of music, with a significant body of the genre containing homophobic views and anti-gay lyrics. Labels such as homo hop or queer hip hop group all artists identifying as members of the LGBTQ community into a subgenre of hip hop based solely on their sexuality. These subgenre labels are not marked by any specific production style, as artists within it may simultaneously be associated with virtually any other subgenre of hip hop, or may also make music that falls outside the subgenre entirely. Artists who have been labelled as part of the genre have, however, varied in their acceptance of the terminology.
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When I was growing up, rap's raw sound drew me in, but its repugnant attitudes toward women and the LGBT community left me feeling torn. I love hop-hop but dislike what it has sometimes stood for. Famous rappers and their fans have called me ugly names with no fear of reprisal, and some of my favorite emcees have dropped lyrics that are downright hostile toward who I am: an openly gay, "Generation Y," African-American male. Still, I've never lost faith in hip-hop's power to inspire and uplift. As an activist curator I'm often drawn to the more conscious aspects of hip-hop culture as source material.
In a hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans, Terrance Dean doesn't give off "gay" on first sight—and he has worked hard to present himself that way. In a downtown coffee shop in Manhattan, the former MTV staffer describes the lengths he's gone to over the years to achieve that body aesthetic: he strolls, never saunters. He dresses well, but not too well. He doesn't wear flashy jewelry and substitutes "she" for "he" when he tells colleagues about his weekend plans.
He also tweeted artwork for the single which shows a building lit up in rainbow colors, writing, "deadass thought I made it obvious," subtly indicating he's queer. But Lil Nas X certainly isn't the only queer hip hop artist. There aren't many, but the list grows longer year after year, changing the landscape of the music industry. Here are some of the top queer hip hop artists you should also be listening to.