IS THE HIP HOP CULTURE BECOMING HOMOPOHOBIC
In the wake of reports that popular hip-hop DJ Mister Cee was arrested for public lewdness, the discussion of homosexuality in hip-hop has been given renewed light. Author Terrance Dean, who penned the book Hiding In Hip Hop: On The Down Low in the Entertainment Industry From Music to Hollywood, weighed in on the topic from the perspective of a gay man who grew up in hip-hop culture.
“Hip Hop is a culture and environment which does not provide a safe place for an artist to come forward or to come out. If you listen to many rap lyrics they promote hate and gay-bashing. It is an environment where the thug and gangster mentality is prevalent. Artists boast of a hyper-masculine bravado, with their crotch-grabbing, degradation of women, and their braggadocios lyrical slaying about the number of women they’ve slept with and children they’ve produced. There are some popular phrases