Controversial Bay Area rapper and Internet phenomenon Lil B spoke with MTV News about his upcoming album I’m Gay and while the popular entertainer has said many times in the press that he is not homosexual, the Berkeley native hopes fans focus on the alternative meaning of the word gay – happy and carefree –as well without defaming and disrespecting other gay people. “I’m not gonna stop and I’m not scared of anybody on earth,” he said “That’s why I did it and nobody gonna stop me,” said a defiant Lil B.
Born Brandon McCartney, the 23-year old rapper and author has set the Web ablaze with his upcoming album title, which the rapper unveiled to a legion of thrilled and confused fans at this past weekend’s Coachella music festival in his native California. As previously reported, non-profit organization GLAAD responded to news of the album’s title to XXLmag.com in hopes that Lil B was not using the title as a clever ruse and actually considers himself as an ally to gay and lesbian individuals and their plight for equality abroad.
Lil B spoke to GLAAD’s query with direct clarity. “I got major love for the gay and lesbian community and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it,” said the self-proclaimed Based God. “I hope GLAAD sees that I’m taking initial steps to break barriers.”
Lil B has, in his unique fashion, called attention to the typically divisive term by recording previous tracks such as “I’m A F-g I’m A Lesbian” – although he has never come forth to address the sensational nature of the track or the slur itself. He has, however, acknowledged that supporters of his who have taken issue with his latest stance have moved on but Lil B remains undeterred. “[I]t’s been a few supporters that’s saying, ‘I’m not gonna rock with you anymore,’” shared the "Wonton Soup” rapper. “That’s fine, because you know what, they didn’t love me for real any way.”
Lil B isn’t alone in standing up for gay and lesbian rights. Chicago’s Kanye West, a galvanizing rapper as much as any, has used his celebrity platform to urge his fellow artists and friends to curtail their anti-gay rhetoric when he asked his rap allies to curtail their disdain of the gay lifestyle during a 2005 MTV interview.
Eminem, long the scourge of gay activists for his homophobic lyrics, spoke of his friendship with openly gay singer Elton John to MTV News early last year and how John even assisted in helping the Detroit bad boy kick his drug addiction. The pair also performed together in a watershed moment at the 2001 Grammy Awards, with a stirring version of Em’s smash hit “Stan” at a time when Eminem was under fire for his offensive rhymes.
When Hot 97 disc jockey Mister Cee was arrested recently on charges of public lewdness with a reported male prostitute, G-Unit captain 50 Cent spoke in supportive defense of the popular New York personality saying that Mista Cee's sexual preference shouldn’t hinder his ability to find work in his field as a sought after DJ nor should it hamper his role on Hot 97.
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