Thanks for that article Banzai!
I find that when rappers use gay slurs in their music, it's usually not targeted towards gays either way. However terms like the F-word are hurtful no matter how you use it. Its good that he made that decision, and that was 5 years ago.
I'm not supporting it, but I think Tyler the Creator said it best:
"Somebody called me a homophobe," he said. "I'm not homophobic. I just say 'faggot' and use 'gay' as an adjective to describe stupid shit." Um so what's to stop me from sayin the notorious N word as an adjective to describe an ingnorant ass?
danbarj wrote: YesMC wrote:
MonaBlissa wrote:egotistical negro who has no understanding of what's happening in the real world
I wouldn't judge someone like that if I don't personally know the person.
In the same vein, we can't judge if it's sincere or opportunistic.
But, does it really matter? It's Jay Z that said it. It's not going to help or hurt rap, it's not going to change the opinions of the masses and it holds not political or religious weight (the two governesses of society) so does it really matter?
It matters because he is a role model for so many young men, including myself. So to see his mildness and acceptance of the matter absolutely breaks ice. Jay-Z is the head of hip-hop now, whether we recognize it or not, and when the head makes a conscious decision to support a group and not bash it, it usually trickles down.