Archive for July 23rd, 2009

23
Jul
09

What If Your Favorite Rapper Was Gay?

Gay Pride

So I’m not one to normally rant, but I feel obligated to share my thoughts on this subject.

When I told a co-worker that I was buying tickets for Method Man & Redman’s show with Ghostface at Starland Ballroom this weekend, her reply startled me to say the least.

I heard that Method Man & Redman were secretly gay lovers.

I was instantly taken back by this comment. For one, I’ve been a fan of Red & Meth for as long as I can remember. I first saw them live back in 7th grade during the Hard Knock Life Tour with Jay-Z and DMX. Since then, I’ve seen them perform 3 more times and each time I’ve had the time of my life. Their on-stage chemistry is matched by only a select few acts, each has a extensive catalog, and both are funny as hell – a rare combination that makes for one of the best live performances in hip-hop, period.

So naturally, my first answer was “that’s utter bullshit.” It was one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard. Still, I asked her why she would think that. She then delved into a story about how her boyfriend, the homie William Cooper, was recording at a studio a while back and some female told him that she saw Red & Meth “tongue kissing.”

First off, the so-called “source” of this rumor is so far removed from me that it’d be ridiculous to say it is reputable. This particular female could have had something against either MC and wanted to start a vicious rumor, who knows. The point is, I’m skeptical that this female even exists.

Secondly, I’ve found NO other evidence that supports this claim.  After spending some time researching, I didn’t find any other article, blog post, message board discussion or anything that sustains this argument. Word-of-mouth is undoubtedly insufficient for such a rumor to be even remotely true.

I’ve concluded that this is strictly one person trying to ruin the reputation of two dudes that are really close friends and frequent collaborators. There is no backing whatsoever, so I will not even entertain it anymore as a rumor let alone factual information.

But it brings up the question: What if your favorite rapper happened to be gay? Would that change your perception? Would you still support them by purchasing and listening to their music, or would you throw them under the bus?

With hip-hop being what it is – not the most gay and lesbian friendly environment – I could understand why a rapper would keep their homosexuality a secret. Personally, I couldn’t help but feel differently about any artist that came out of the closet. However, I would try with all my might to separate their sexuality from their music. If they still made good music, I would make an effort to support them still.

I know what you’re thinking – “Yeah right, Dom. You can’t say what you would do until it happens.” Now that’s true, but I never made any guarantees that I’d continue to support them. All I’m saying is that I would try to. I don’t know if I can personally relate to a homosexual rapper, and the fact that they were pretending to be straight for their entire career would rub me a certain way [II]. It certainly would be more difficult to believe their rhymes after they fronted for so long.

What about you? What do you think? I’d love to read replies about if you would be able to support your favorite artist if, say, tomorrow they came out.

Feel free to drop a comment below, and please take a moment to answer the poll question below. Thanks for reading!

23
Jul
09

Random Lyrics & Sample: OutKast – Claimin’ True

OutKast

Rockin’ with the iTunes on shuffle today, I came across one of my favorite jams from OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik that I had to share with all my fellow hip-hop heads.

On “Claimin’ True,” Big Boi and Andre spit that real ish that permeated their early catalog. This here track is a fine example of the lyrical onslaught that the duo was will always be capable of whenever they stepped into the Dungeon. Quotables abound.

As previously noted, Organized Noize Productions interpolated Steve Miller Band’s “The Window” for the gritty instrumental. As Busta Rhymes would say, this one breaks your neck.

Check the song and original below, then the lyrics after the jump. Enjoy!

OutKast – Claimin’ True

Sample: Steve Miller Band – The Window

Hit the jump for the lyrics.

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