Rapper Lord Jamar, of 90s hip hop collective Brand Nubian, has made his views on Kanye West's metrosexuality heard, and they're less than progressive.
Commenting on Kanye wearing a skirt for his 12-12-12 benefit appearance, Jamar called the rap superstar 'half a fag' and a 'pioneer of this queer shit'.
In a rap called 'Lift Up Your Skirt' Jamar makes his feelings clear with the lines:
"Somebody mad at my hastag
Black man lookin' half a fag
With a blazer and vest
I'm just amazed at this mess
Pioneer of this queer shit in Kanye West
He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene
Then he wore a fucking skirt of the video screen
Then he wore it again at a memorial
I can't pretend that this shit ain't deplorable
I bet this nigga thinkin' he looking adorable
Your music's good but your ego is horrible."
The rapper goes on to add:
"I rebuke all this gay shit
Some are scared to say shit
You might lay and take this
But I'm not to be played with."
Homophobic comments from a Brand Nubian member are not something new. In 1993 Jamar's fellow Numbian member Sadat X rapped, "I can freak, fly, flow, fuck up a faggot/I don't understand their ways; I ain't down with gays."
The line, taken from 'Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down' was removed from later versions of the song, and doesn't appear on their 'best of' compilation.
Jamar first weighed in on the subject about a week ago when he posted a picture of another black man wearinga skirt to Instagram with the caption: "Y'all Cee where the kanye shit is takin us right? #halfafag."
He went on to clarify his views on SOHH.com, saying: "First of all, it's not just jabs at Kanye West. It's anbody promoting the feminization of the Black man in hip hop culture. Anybody that I see out there, rocking dresses and all of that type of shit, I might shoot a jab at. But Kanye is one of the ones right now that's representing that movement. He's one of the first ones that you see in a skirt.
Jamar claims that West's dress sense 'isn't hip hop'
"Now you got other people following suit and rocking full-out dresses or they're trying to rock kilts.We're not Irish. We're not European. Rocking kilts and all that is just another excuse to introduce that skirt style. You understand what I'm saying? And I'm not with it. This has nothing to do with sexuality, who they choose to be with and all that, I'm not even talking about that.
"I'm talking specifically about, what is hip hop? And that's not hip hop. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that's not hip hop."
Homophobic views within hip hop are becoming increasingly less prominant.
Frank Ocean's admission of his bi-sexuality last year drew a line in the sand for many throwing homophobic remarks around thoughtlessly, and A$AP Rocky has also explained in interviews his realisation that using 'gay' as a disparaging term was stupid and pointless.
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