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!

6 Responses to “What If Your Favorite Rapper Was Gay?”

  1. July 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I think if we came across as a gay MC that actually had his craft mastered it wouldn’t matter.
    It’d be just like Omar in The Wire.

  2. July 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I’d have to say no. If one of my favorite emcees like jay or nas came out and said they were gay, all credibility would be lost, how could I believe anything he’d ever said? It’d be like officer ross all over again.

    If someone advertised themselves as gay though, it might be ok… As long as they weren’t on some homo shit in their rhymes, wouldn’t be down with that.

    • 3 domcorleone
      July 24, 2009 at 12:09 am

      Guy – I agree. He or she would have to be REAL dope, tho. If not, they’d just be another wack MC that happens to be gay.

      Mookie – I see where you’re coming from, credibility would be the biggest issue for me as well. If they start out declaring themselves openly gay, they’d have to come with some incredible rhymes and original concepts without being TOO homo. It’s one thing to incorporate their sexuality in their raps, it’s another to focus solely on that aspect. I think I’d be able to appreciate a gay MC but they would be scrutinized just like any other artist.

      Thanks for the replies, fellas.

  3. 4 Super Woman
    July 24, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Not if old boy lied!!!

    I dont like liars especially if you fronting like a straight rapper and your gay, or fronting like your a thug and your an informant ….. or C.O.

    well C.O.’s dont count (Clearly) they are just as dirty as the inmates sometimes

    • 5 domcorleone
      July 24, 2009 at 1:48 am

      This is true. If you’re gay, just come out and say it! No point in hiding it, it will come to light eventually.

      Also, congrats on being the 100th comment on my new blog! Here’s to many many more.

  4. 6 Super Woman
    August 5, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Owww Number 100!

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