It has been a long known fact that the hip hop industry is chock full of homophobia, many rappers first diss each other by calling each other gay and the “f word” that is more than four letters is often used in different tracks and pop media. Back in the days when Eminem and DMX were at the top of the game, homophobic comments in songs were not only tolerated but coveted. Although homophobia still exists in the hip hop community it is no longer acceptable to be a blatant homophobe.
Artists like A$AP Rocky andJay-Z have spoken out against the anti-gay vibes that are so present among the rap community and that has led more and more acts to speak up about their gender fluidity and sexuality. In the rap world there have been out and proud acts since the 1990s, but now there is an actual possibility to cross over from the accepting queer community to the judgmental pop rap community.
It is no longer a death to a rap career to be proudly LGBTQ, partially because of the changing times in the world and partially because of big rap stars speaking out on behalf of LGBTQ rights. Here we explore the multitude of LGBTQ rap acts that have been gracing the scene since before the millennium.
#12 BROOKE CANDY
This young woman grew up in the public eye as her father is the CFO of Hustler magazine and CEO of Hustler Casino. She was raised in Agoura Hills, CA with divorced parents that led starkly different lives. Her father worked in the lavish Hustler offices where she wanted for nothing while her mother was a pediatric nurse who had very little. For a brief time, the rapper lived in her car while working at a strip club, which is probably where she got her twerking skills.
She’s had an array of jobs around Hollywood including intern to Rachel Zoe and mannequin stylist for theHustler storefronts but her goal was always to be involved in the music industry. Eventually, her friendAzealia Banks hooked Candy up with Charlie XCX and she got her breakthrough on the track “Cloud Aura”.Now Candy is most known for her spot in Grimes’ new music video for “Genesis”. She is openly pansexual and is an advocate for legalizing sex work.