BET Hip Hop Executive Buttah Man Discusses His Decision To Come Out As Gay

Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)


(AllHipHop News) Even with Odd Future member Frank Ocean announcing his first love was another man and prevalent artists like Jay Z publicly supporting gay marriage, the topic of homosexuality is often a taboo one in Hip Hop circles. So when anyone associated with the culture comes out, it is still a landmark moment.

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The most recent Hip Hopper to reveal his sexuality is Darren “Buttah Man” Brin. Buttah Man played a role in launching MTV Jams and worked as the music director at BET. He also performs as a stand-up comedian.

Buttah stopped by Sway In The Morning to discuss his decision to publicly disclose he was gay. He talked about how President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriages impacted him.

"Even in my comedy it's interesting cause I talk about being on the radio, but when I go into the part about being gay, the first response is either blank applause or blank stares. There's that uncomfortable silence," said Buttah. "I'm not a stereotypical gay dude. I call myself an 'Obama Gay.' That means I did not come out the closet until Barack Obama said that s**t was cool."

Taking on comedy was another reason Buttah Man chose to come out. He felt the need to "live in his truth" through his stand-up, and he feels the process was therapeutic for him.

"You always think if I pray hard enough, if I meet the right woman, it's gonna go away," added Buttah. "Once I realized what my deal was, I didn't want to be one of those dudes that's the guy who marries the chick, has the family, and messes with dudes on the side. Because that happens."

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Watch Buttah Man's interview below.