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Stars who came out
Lil Nas X, Tyler, the Creator lead wave of gay/bisexual rappers - Los Angeles Times
Overnight, the year-old Atlanta native — born Montero Lamar Hill — became the biggest gay pop star in the world. That he did so in the orbit of hip-hop and country, genres that have historically snubbed queer artists, was groundbreaking. But this is still a genre that has never been supportive of change. Especially in the … hip-hop community. In fact, an entire lexicon dedicated to pointing out discomfort with gay men has permeated rap lyrics. Ocean, who sprung from the rowdy, L. A diverse array of talents such as Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract, Steve Lacy also formerly affiliated with Odd Future and Skype Williams have all presented works this year that are freely crafted through a black queer lens.
Adam Lambert Says the Music Industry Has Made 'So Much Progress' with LGBTQ Artists Over the Years
In , Atlanta-based artist iLoveMakonnen or just Makonnen had already experienced exhilarating career highs and disappointing lows. Drake had hopped on a remix of his viral hit "Tuesday," and then signed him to his OVO Sound label in Makonnen was part of a class of rappers and producers who were expanding the trap genre to broader audiences. But problems with OVO led to a delay in a follow-up album, and so he parted ways with the label and, later, announced a short-lived retirement from music. Then in January , Makonnen tweeted that he was gay.
The genre has a history of making queerness a punchline. We've seen it in from Migos, when Quavo suggested to Rolling Stone that iLoveMakonnen "undermin[ed] his credibly" by coming out. We saw it in Snoop Dogg's infamous interview with The Guardian , when the "Gin and Juice" rapper claimed, "[Homosexuality is] acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. Thankfully, the world is slowly changing.