2011thegayestyear

2011: The Gayest Year In Hip-Hop History

2011 will be remembered as a strange year from a Hip-Hop perspective. Some considered it a terrible year, where there was very little redeeming music from the young (or old emcees). Others will claim that it was a wholly transformative year, and that those aforementioned cronies are merely dinosaurs on the verge of extinction. But, perhaps it is time to call 2011 what it truly was: THE GAYEST YEAR IN HIP-HOP HISTORY.

No, no rapper publicly came out of the closet, so GLAAD and other groups will not have a lyrical champion just yet. There won’t be a great hope – on the levels of an Eminem-esque great, White hope – to get on the mic and shred your favorite rapper to smithereens as millions of gays quietly, joyously cheer…not yet.

Still, what happened in 2011 was overt. It was so close to gay, I am almost sure the gay community could taste it! It really took shape as the spring broke, in what seemed to be a late April Fool’s Joke. Mister Cee – the legendary DJ for Big Daddy Kane and The Notorious B.I.G. – was arrested for receiving oral sex from a man and purported cross-dresser. But, Cee never admitted to being gay. In fact, he tweeted that it was a “mistake.” (He would later plead guilty to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense.) If Cee were gay, or maybe openly gay, surely he would have fessed up after this incident, but he didn’t.

While that was the doozie of the year, there were other not-so-overt ways that Hip-Hop showed more openness to homosexuality. Lil B, a rapper from the Cali, did the previously unthinkable, naming his album “I’m Gay.” Now, with a title such as I’m gay, coupled with the fact that the Bay-area rapper calls himself a “princess” and a “pretty b***h,” a voyeur would conclude that “this guy is gay for sure.” No. Lil B said that the title was a mere statement for how damn happy he was. His fellow rappers Pac Div even defended the move, citing The Flintstones who were known to “have a gay ol’ time.”

There were other hints that Hip-Hop was quickly backing away from the anti-gay, blatantly hateful stance of old. After being chided for using the F-word as slang, Tyler from Odd Future softened his stance saying, “I don’t f*cking hate gay people. I’m probably one of the least homophobic rappers in the world.” In the same Spin magazine, Tyler appeared to have his hand on his homie’s “hind parts.” (That’s Southern for booty.)

Hip-Hop – through the years – has been like many other testosterone-fueled movements – very homophobic. But, the mentality of the younger artists in particular is changing and, as any artsy mirror to reality, Hip-Hop reflects that shift in sexuality. Obviously, most of the artists like Cee or the “lipstick rapper,” were looked upon and rebuked for their actions through social media. But other more trivial matters made it through the filter. Like Kanye West’s leather kilt. Or Lil Wayne’s jeggings. Cee-Lo dressed like Patti LaBelle in 2011. In his hardcore way, Ray-J threatened to have Fabolous gang raped by a crew of gay thugs. The comments are no longer unanimous on social networks and message boards, and people now spar over philosophy as it pertains to these statements that look and feel gay.

But this trend isn’t really new.

It’s a slow, creeping shift, like the tectonic plates of the Earth. When Lil Wayne and Baby kissed on BET, and it didn’t end their careers, the wheels were clearly in motion at that point. One of my favorites, Andre 3000, used to don a blonde wig, and it simply didn’t matter nor was it even an afterthought. Nicki Minaj has flirted – literally – with her “Barbs” for quite some time. In the aftermath of the Mister Cee debacle, author/scribe dream hampton even revealed that one of The Notorious B.I.G.’s best friends was gay. Biggie was not, she said, but his ride-or-die was. Change gonna come, like it or not.

Clearly, there is a distinction between receiving sex from a man in a car, and the bold fashion statements of an eccentric artist. So, the lines are drawn…but are still unclear. For now, some of us who aren’t gay have gotten used to laughing our uncertainty away with a simple “pause” or “no homo.”

In 2012 and beyond, well-represented will be those who vehemently denounce homosexuality, those who accept it as a sign of the times, and those that who waffle amid tolerance.

So, how will Hip-Hop handle it? How will you handle it?

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This editorial caused a furious discussion within the AllHipHop offices. What truly constitutes homosexuality? Have attitudes within Hip-Hop really changed? Are artists just creating “shock” moments and fashion statements? And more!)

  • TruthSerum

    I dont have a problem with gay people in day to day life, but the overt Gay attitude of rap is pushing me away from it……. Same Concept as me saying I dont hate Rednecks, they can do what they want, but if 100’s of rednecks show up at the club I go to on the weekend and the DJ starts spinning their country records, I’m gonna find another club because thats just not the crowd I like to be around

  • TheBoxcarHobo

    How could you write an article about the gays and not mention illseed, the head honcho of the homos himself? 

    • EL_BARK

      I concur

  • Tril Beats

    Lets leave the Gay Shit out of Hip Hop… its already failing bad enuff with all these wack ass so-called children in it!!

    • Nah fool, the so-called children are bringing real hip-hop back after you old ass dinosaur ass niggas helped kill it over the past 15 years.

      • dude you prob wouldnt know the difference between real hip hop and licoln park.

      • Trell_Russ

        you to will get old someday youngster.

      • Hmm a comment from a man or supposedly a kid who has a rugrat for an avatar. That is all I got to say. Your speaking points are all null and void, meaning it counts for nada, nothing shit. You should shut your shitty diaper mouth up because your mind is not developed enough to speak logical statements. Rugrats HAAA! You were better off not speaking or at least change your avatar. Go back to school idiot!

      • You seem mad.  Maybe you’re one of the old ass dinosaur ass niggas I was talking about.  Next you’re gonna talk about what happened back in your day 30,000 years ago.
        Regardless of what my avatar is, I probably know more about hip-hop than you & 2011 was the year that new talent was able to shine & old rappers & their fans are now mad because they no longer have a spot in this game.  I don’t like everything that happened in 2011 (like every single rapper mentioned in this article), but if 2012 will look anything like last year then I’m ready to see what happens while you still live in the prehistoric times.

  • armylove0221

    How the hell can you defend yourself when you name your album im gay in the words of riley freeman ya’ll niggas gay

  • Michael Thompson

    Furthermore I would add that Hiphop helped generate the trend rather than aimlessly follow. I would point to Wayne and Jayz as the causes. The rise of softer rap via Drake and Kanye came during the less tolerant years. But brewing beneath two of the current acts which dominated the landscape were two artists who would change the game from a mentality where Hiphop was about where you from to a mentality where that is irrelevant. It went from a rap game where Jayz was backing State Property but slowly took notice to what Kanye had done and was continuing to do. Wayne’s camp saw the change and blossomed the new sound with the new mentality towards “softer rap”. The balance was walked for the longest where it was a mix but ultimately when Kanye beat out 50 cent that was it.. the new era is the softer “leggings’ accepted, lip gloss approved era. But.. take note some artist have cleverly marketed towards that fan base like Nicki Minaj has made her 2nd album “for” and based around the underground gay scene. This tied in with her actual talent as a rapper has done for that demographic what Eminem did for white rappers. It legitimizes the demographic because such a maestro is playing for them and to them that it really undos a lot of the “stereotypical” thoughts. As a rap fan I prefer the harder era but didn’t like the idea that a “drake” or “kanye” wouldn’t get played back then. But fast forward I don’t like the concept that a “drake” or “kayne” can be compared to what a “pac” or “common” to say is doing. Kanye the king of prada bags has championed in an openess and has allowed the game to become to far out there. Im banking on the game is going to balance back out to a practical approach where all is accepted but far out is still going to be recognized as far out.. currently rap is “taking the gay trend” and running with it to the point where it doesn’t truely reflect the status of sexuality but rather the status of some people’s dark twisted fantasies…

    • mike4282

      Well said Michael. I too believe it kinda started back with the 50 vs kanye battle. Look I’m glad the hip hop community is no longer so hateful when it comes to Gays. But this ” trend ” of dressing in pink n yellow tight clothes, calling yourself a ” princess”, rockin prada bags n the open, your boxers showing, and other stuff is disturbing to me. I’m an old head–meaning I enjoyed the late 90’s music.  And yes some of that music was degrading towards women. But some was very good too. I don’t know….I’m just scrared i guess. I would like all kinds of people to enjoy hip hop–but not to have the majority of it as being…too gay or weird or violent. Oh well

  • Zone 6 Pete

    gayest article ever on allhiphop —>>> “Real-time updating is paused. (Resume)”

  • I am glad all the old heads still here…….fuck bitches, get money rap…….young niggas doing that Gay shit. Sorry hiphop dont need that shit. its already water down now anyway. Rap dont even sell like it use to.

  • rep87

    its not a sign of the times its been here / only problem is hollywood is forcing it on the public thru tv ,movies only way a black man can make it in hollywood he has to put a dress on shows how sick hollywood is / dave chapplle stood up and i commend this man for not degrading himself and selling out / while others are holding their ankles and taking it up the rear such sell outs as martin lawernce , jamie foxx the list is long of these buffons in drag// as far as baby and wayne kissing baby is a known child molester in the N.O and quite as its kept them record sales are rigged to put wayne on a grand stage he is control fill with drugs and promoting every thing thats FOUL to our babies its so sick and shameful if wayne tried to stand for somethimng good they would black ball him or kill him/ as for lil b this dude is 100 percent homo has no talent but to announce you gay ensured him front covor and radio play / if the media would ignore such foul behavior and not promote it we as people could raise our children without  the devils trying to destroy them / MAY GOD BLESS US ALL AND DESTROY THE ENEMY !

  • @TrellRuss:disqus  Houston Williams

    I SOULUTE YOU BRUH BRUH!!!! IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY SPOKE ON THIS SHIT AND DIDN’T CENSOR THEMSELVES. I havn’t seen that on this site since 2004.

    SMH at people trying to add a gay element to hip hop.

  • CaliTransplant

    Shaking my head at some of the hateful comments on here…Listen, you act like gay people can’t be hip hop heads either! I’m damn near 40, used to b-boy, have been bumping hip-hop since “Space Cowboy” AND I’m gay. I will also concur that hip-hop has gotten weird…Know why? Because ‘we’, the Golden Era hip hop lovers, have gotten older and changed! Not because it’s gotten ‘gay,’ as you call it; but because it’s also grown and changed into the popular music of today. Pop music has always been ‘weird.’ what’s wrong with there being artists that are different? Hip hop has not always been hardcore. I dare anybody to tell me that “The Pee Wee Herman Dance” was NOT hip hop! You can’t. Nothing hardcore about the pee wee dance by joeski love. Chubb Rock “Treat Em Right” not hardcore, but still a classic. Gang Starr “DWYCK.” Another banger that wasn’t super hard, killing and murdering 1000’s of people. What a person decides to do in their own lives with their own art is really not your concern. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it or listen.

    Ps. As a openly Black, openly Gay man (lol), I’m constantly asking the question, why does Hollywood have to have its Black leading men in dresses? If you cross dress in real life, great. Do you. And be proud of who you are. But, why is the general and overall image of us being feminized to the point where it’s your entrance into the business? Clearly, not all of us are Gay. So, why is everyone being forced or selling out for a check then hiding behind “it’s ok to portray something I’m not because it’s a check.” There are plenty of roles that teach us something about stretching past our retarded sense of hypermasculinity (ie. Ving Rhames in Holiday Heart). But enough of Black men ONLY getting roles where he’s in a dress. Did we really need another Big Momma’s House movie where, not one, but both of them were in dresses! I want to see healthier roles for Black men in Hollywood, hell, in real life as well! I want to see more ‘normal’ portrayals of healthy Black Gay men as well as proud Straight Black men! I want to see people that look and act like they have some sense! Hard-working, law-abiding men. Some who happen to love other men. Thanks for listening.

    • You need to listen to that pee wee dance beat that is one of the Hardest beats in Hip Hop History.

    • Ameer Allen

      I’m a lil surprised it seems we agree on alot of things. We As people always assume we know what other people are thinking, And it normally ‘ain’t so’. When will people stop pushing micro causes and look at the big picture? A lack of conscience causes everyone pain. Do what you wanna do and if someone else gets hurt ‘their bad’, That attitude is ‘gay’ (see above post for definition) 

    • NorthDollasTX

      hold up …did you just say you was GAY ?!?!?!?!?
       
      anyway doe … how can you recognize that there POSSIBLY maybe an agenda in HOLLYWOOD with Black Male Actors wearing dresses, the roles we are portrayed in, etc … but not recognize the same
      agenda being pushed in HIP-HOP when the 2 run parallel.  There’s only a certain amount of FILM COMPANIES and only a certain amount of RECORD COMPANIES but i can guarentee thats its 1 GROUP OF PEOPLE that run influence through out both industries.
       
      in regards to the music – theres nothing wrong with VARIETY of WEIRD – but there’s a difference between ODB’s weird and PM DAWNS weird.  Yes there are GAY BLACK MEN but its still a stigma in our culture – and it seems the more that THEY/THE OUTSIDE WORLD seem to accept it – the more US/WE become docile about it
      thats not our nature and thats the reason being GAY has been TABOO for so long
       
      men dating men, women dating women, beastiality, s&m, bondage, whatever the phuck …
       
      i aint gonna knock anybody for they preference – cuz it aint got shyt to do with me BUT
      that preference isnt  kept in privacy and is intruding and influencing the younger generation …
      it becomes a problem.  Niggahs titling they album IM GAY is a problem … some of these young degenerates cant comprehend or separate REALITY from PROPAGANDA adn the images that they are flooded with DAILY dont help out any
       

  • King Cold

    Indeed it was the gayest year. But u knw what who cares. Everybody will be judged in the end of times so let people live their lives. Only God Can Judge Me-2pac

  • Great Article.

  • EL_BARK

    Man i see a lot of 2/3 jigaboo comments on here.

    Some of yall are trap in the matrix, and need to take the green pill
    Pronto……

    Gay has become the new agenda, and movement. Its is slowly being push on us,
    In all phases of our lives, by the powers that be……

    And like always, hip hop is being used as a channel to usher it on the young people…..
    Because they are, not smart enuff to realize whats going on.

    Know some of yall that dont think, the illuminatti, dont exist fine.
    But yall dont thinks its a little suspect, how all the rappers that are popular,
    Or have become popular, styles have an gay under tone….

    Wezzy, drake, kayne, lil B, nicki menaj, since when did it become cool,
    To be soft, or gay. Shet is an abomination.

    Now you got lil boys in the hood walking around with skin type jeans, tighter then womens,
    Cause they see the shet in TV…..

    I surprise, niggah aint walking around with monistat 7,
    And yeast affections. Just look @ illcoon
    And how he promotes gayness in his subtle way.

    The problem why this shet is working cause mist kids,
    Lack fathers, or being raised by women. With know proper father figure in life.
    So they thinks it cool, to rocknskin tight jeans, and womens clothes.
    Cause kayne & weezy do it. We know kayne is gay,
    He paid amber a million, to
    Keep quiet.-

    I dont hate gays, but they just better stay the fuk away from me.
    The shet isnt natural, and if ur gay, u have an chemical imbalance of some sort,
    Or have a mental condition/ illness. Whether u realize it or not.

    That goes for women too, walking around like they dudes, all butch out.
    Thay shet is not normal…..

    “you are a boy Damon” ( katt williams voice)

  • David Sentongo

    Ya, Lil Bs album name had me shocked. i didn’t even know homie called himself princess. 
    thats crazy. 

    David Sentongo
    Twitter: @davesentongo:twitter 

  • johnblacksad

    GAY AZZ ARTICLE….. next!

  • Jon “Zed” Munx

    There is some tired ass notions going on in these comments. You think
    all gay people were up painting their toenails and blowing kisses in the
    air 24/7. You accuse the media of forcing gayness and feminizing black
    men yet you fail to see the media controls what the idea of a gay person
    is. You act as if there is no and hasn’t been any gay people in hip-hop
    which is impossible, statistically speaking. Chances are you favourite
    rapper or many of the people that help put them up on game are gay. Gay
    people are people, end of story. Is the only way you relate to one
    another, how you do in the bedroom? If you are gonna call out gay people
    for flaunting shit. You should start by checking the flagrant flaunting
    of the horrible ways straight men treat women. You’d think they were
    the ones that were gay…

    • wakaki2d

      The words you just threw together in this long a** paragraph you put on the internet. Make you look Stoopid. ” Chances are you favourite
      rapper or many of the people that help put them up on game are gay”   <—  somethin inside your head farted, and this crap came out…

      • Jon “Zed” Munx

        You have no argument. Go home child.

    • NorthDollasTX

      and no JON i dont think you paint your toenails and blow kisses
      COMMON SENSE would agree that GAY/HOMO/FAGGOT comes
      in all shapes, sizes, etc… Mister Cee, PUFFY are fitting examples.  Never once
      said there wasnt any GAY rappers, athletes, etc… and where you got your
      PANTIES IN A BUNCH is where you crossed the line at … because i clearly
      stated THAT I DONT GIVE 2 SHYTS ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE “ELSE”
      DOES IN THEIR FREETIME – just keep it private and keep all that sissified
      dressing, talking, walking, and snapping at home because YOU and YO BUDDIES
      are confusing these youngsters something serious
       
       

  • guest998899

    im tired of seeing these gay dudes acting like gay is cool. plus all this soft personalities and tight jeans is infecting these other kids to think its ok. the further we go down the future the worse it gets. gay people become athiest because they dont want to believe in the bible. they want to see some “right” in being gay. LMAO what the hell happened to america i just a short period? This can become a book so im just going to end it like this

  • Ameer Allen

    All this goes to show is if you don’t want what you are doing to be called wrong, get enough other people around you that do the same thing Put in the Sh(poo)t in the Media with some Icing so It tastes Sugary and shove it down everyone’s throat. Oh and Call everyone intolerant for not Giving you Extra special rights that Suit your issues. Really Gay rights? What rights are you missing? Its not like the police stop you for driving while gay. Yes, the term/insult ‘That’s Gay’ Refers to someone doing something stupid and telling everyone else they have a problem……

    • Jon “Zed” Munx

      You are paranoid and sound crazy. No one is looking for special rights, just the same ones as we get. Media shoving an agenda down people’s throats? How many gay people on TV are portrayed as non-caricatures? none or very few. The media doesn’t love gay people as they only portray people in a way to fuel people’s hatred.

      No one can influence you to be gay, either you are attracted to the same sex or you aren’t. 

      Stop trying to justify your hatred and just accept that you are an insecure little man,

      • guest998899

        you sound gay

  • NorthDollasTX

    hold up …did you just say you was GAY ?!?!?!?!?
     
    anyway doe … how can you understand that there POSSIBLY maybe an agenda in HOLLYWOOD with Black Male Actors wearing dresses, the roles we are portrayed in, etc … but not recognize the same
    agenda being pushed in HIP-HOP when the 2 run parallel.  There’s only a certain amount of FILM COMPANIES and only a certain amount of RECORD COMPANIES but i can guarentee thats its 1 GROUP OF PEOPLE that run influence through out both industries.
     
    in regards to the music – theres nothing wrong with VARIETY of WEIRD – but there’s a difference between ODB’s weird and PM DAWNS weird.  Yes there are GAY BLACK MEN but its still a stigma in our culture – and it seems the more that THEY/THE OUTSIDE WORLD seem to accept it – the more US/WE become docile about it
     
    men dating men, women dating women, beastiality, s&m, bondage, whatever the phuck …
     
    i aint gonna knock anybody for they preference – cuz it aint got shyt to do with me BUT
    that preference isnt  kept in privacy and is intruding and influencing the younger generation …
     

    • Jon “Zed” Munx

      You are paranoid and sound crazy. No one is looking for special rights, just the same ones as we get. Media shoving an agenda down people’s throats? How many gay people on TV are portrayed as non-caricatures? none or very few. The media doesn’t love gay people as they only portray people in a way to fuel people’s hatred.

      No one can influence you to be gay, either you are attracted to the same sex or you aren’t. 

      Stop trying to justify your hatred and just accept that you are an insecure little man,

      • NorthDollasTX

        i had a comment to respond to yo PHAGGOT azz BUT AHH.COM on that moderation shyt… its obvious you on this gay crusade and the thing is you exposed your own self – cuz i never said anything remotely HOMOPHOBIC
        however, i did respond abou the images  being pushed to this kids
         
        you a butt pirate and i can tell it by how upset you get at anybody else’s opinion that may differ from yours LMAO

      • Jon “Zed” Munx

        You seem to be the one that is upset, what with the cap locks and personal attacks.. And are reinforcing my own statements about your paranoid behavior. “expose myself” secret gay agendas etc. It all reeks of shame and fear.

      • NorthDollasTX

        you right – im SHAMED that niggahs like you co-sign what this culture is becoming HOMOGENIZED and FEAR that it will only get worse as it clearly has already

        that cap locks means he screaming NEVER applied to me cuz that aint MY RULE thats any/everybody elses … i dont say no homo, pause, none of that – i just say wtf i mean

        i use CAP LOCKS to stress certain words or phrases
        how can i project that im upset by yelling, screaming over a keyboard?  that doesnt make sense to me so i dont use ALL CAPITALS to project my feelings

        the personal attacks were fired in retaliation from your 1st post to me saying “paranoid, crazy, insecure”

        DONT TRY TO BE A SMART AZZ NOW PHAGGOT LOL

  • NorthDollasTX

    and no JON i dont think you paint your toenails and blow kisses
    COMMON SENSE would agree that GAY/HOMO/FAGGOT comes
    in all shapes, sizes, etc… Mister Cee, PUFFY are fitting examples.  Never once
    said there wasnt any GAY rappers, athletes, etc… and where you got your
    PANTIES IN A BUNCH is where you crossed the line at … because i clearly
    stated THAT I DONT GIVE 2 SHYTS ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE “ELSE”
    DOES IN THEIR FREETIME – just keep it private and keep all that sissified
    dressing, talking, walking, and snapping at home because YOU and YO BUDDIES
    are confusing these youngsters something serious
     
     

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  • anemia716

    In Cee-Lo’s defense, he’s always been eccentric.

  • im sorry lil bruh but i just gotta say why does it matter? and why r u blowing this gay thing way out of proportion? like i dont understand, people should do what they want especially if they’re an musician or AN ARTIST!  shit if u want to get blowen by some cross dresser  there shouldnt be any shame in it. but whatever to each is own. 

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