Hip-hop has consistently been seen as the sound and heartbeat of urban America, but since crossing over and becoming mainstream, many have wondered when it would evolve past its oft times violent and misogynistic lyrics. While some rappers have chosen to rhyme about other things besides slanging crack, murdering foes, and sleeping with a long line of faceless, nameless women, others (many popular ones) have continued to stick to the script.

Although the world around hip-hop changes, one glaring issue continues to remain embedded in the culture: homophobia.

Like any male-dominated industry, emcees are often praised for their hyper-masculinity that shuns and even degrades men they find “soft” or  “feminine.” Despite rampant rumors that many of our favorite rappers are gay, no mainstream hip-hop artist has ever “come out” or even openly welcomed gays into the fold (conversely, rappers often gush about lesbians because it plays to the common male fantasy of watching two hot women hook up).

But a Texas rapper is hoping to change hip-hop’s homophobia and encourage more rappers to speak out.

After his best friend came out to him in college, Texas rapper Adair Lion, knew he wanted to use his music to speak out.

On his website, Adair Lion explains why he made the song, Ben:

I love hip-hop, it’s all I do, everyday all day. It’s the only way I stay alive.  In the hip-hop world it’s not only accepted – but it’s actually cool to use terms like faggot, queer, homo and gay, in a derogatory manner. My best friend came out to me in college. Now you can see the dilemma. When I saw the “it get’s better” video it touched me and I wished that I could do something to help things get better. But if I was to say something like that it would be hip-hop suicide. All my idols and all the greatest rappers have used these words and really shunned the gay community away. As I was producing music for “Michael & Me” I came across the a cappella of “Ben” (Michael Jackson’s first solo number 1 hit). It amazed me at how perfectly the lyrics fit if one were to think of Ben as the gay community. I couldn’t deny the “it gets better hip-hop song” any longer… I had to act immediately.

Although I commend Adair Lion for wanting to speak out and get others in hip hop to do the same, I’m not sure his song will influence other more-established rappers to use their platforms for good. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think? Will this song cause other rappers to speak out against homophobia in hip-hop? 

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  • Ms. Information

    Hip-Hop is losing it’s appeal…once the masses adopt something that we created it becomes watered down and affected…

    • HowApropos

      Appropriation will do that.

      They did it with jazz, blues, rocknroll, and now hip-hop…

  • L

    I guess

    Where in the bible does it say homosexuality is wrong?

    Is it one of the ten commandments?

    • ms_micia

      1 Cor 6:9-11 : “9 What! Do YOU not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men, 10 nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 And yet that is what some of YOU were. But YOU have been washed clean, but YOU have been sanctified, but YOU have been declared righteous in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.”

      There’s your answer babe. It’s very clear in the Bible how God feels about immorality of all kinds. I don’t condone violence toward any man, also anyone lying or sneaking and being dishonest about one’s self (DL men…ect). This is definitely a sign of the times, our young men are becoming more and more emasculated on a daily basis. How is a man going to grow into a complete man with the images that he sees of himself being feminised? I simply choose not to listen to or promote or accept this type of music. It’s all debased to me.

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  • Hiphop Bisexual

    Lil Wayne and Kayne West are HUGE RAGING HOMOSEXUALS.
    But they bash them at the same time because they are spineless.

    I would love to see lil wayne fuck off and never show his fugly insecure face again. same with kayne.

    Not all underground rap is deeply evil homophobic.

    if you look hard enough this is where you find the most love and acceptance of it all.

    Most men are somewhat gay anyway, this is something most men will never admit and say anything to fight it ‘i have never had a gay thought in my life, believe it or not i dont care’… its bullshit most man are secretly gay inside, i have seen so many different guys admit things when on MDMA or other drugs. It’s part of nature, i guess it was out in us to create some ability to be humble to other men and avoid conflict all the time.

    But hiphop is one of the most hate filled INSECURE & INGORANT music when it comes to this subject. I have not used the word faggot in such a long time and proud of it. Anyone who uses that word is just a insecure lil bitch!

    I am a bisexual and a hiphop fan, I am not able to come out to most people in the scene because it’s full of hate, i admit it. Still I love the hiphop I listen to and that is real hiphop not some lil wayne insecure shit. Real hiphop.