Celebrities have been airing their grief and support following the devastating shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend that left 49 dead and 53 injured. Like many of us, rapper Kid Cudi is at a loss for how to help in such a time of need.
Feeling limited, Cudi decided to use this tragedy as a teaching moment, pushing for changes within the hip-hop community.
Cudi's remarks are significant given the homophobic rhetoric that can be found in many hip-hop lyrics. Despite supporting same-sex marriage, Snoop Dogg has said that he's not sure if being gay "will ever be acceptable [in the rap world] because rap is so masculine."
It was a big moment in 2012 when Frank Ocean announced that he is bisexual, but T-Pain later suggested that the moment negatively impacted Ocean's career. "I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly," T-Pain remarked in an interview with Vlad TV. "If that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know n-----s that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he's gay."
Rap music has historically been an outlet to speak out against oppression. It's time the hip-hop community acknowledge the misogyny and homophobia that has excluded so many LGBT fans.
A$AP Rocky wants to change the perception that all rappers are homophobic. In 2013 Rocky said, "It’s a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It’s crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid — and that’s not the case.”
Every rapper may not be anti-gay, but to Cudi's credit, hip-hop has never really had a loud voice supporting the LGBT community. It's time for the shame, fear, and machista attitude of the hip-hop to be out to rest for once and for all. Silence is not the answer; support and love absolutely are.