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posted Friday, April 29, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 17
Rapper Lil B says he's Gay - kind of
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Rapper Lil B says he's Gay - kind of

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Rapper Brandon McCartney - better known by his stage name, Lil B - says he is straight but supports Gay and Lesbian rights, despite receiving death threats for naming his forthcoming studio album I'm Gay.

'I'm very Gay, but I love women,' the prolific rapper told MTV News in an interview last week. 'I'm not attracted to men in any way. I've never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes, I am Gay, I'm so happy.'

He continued, 'I'm a Gay, heterosexual male.'

Is this guy serious, or is this some kind of publicity stunt? That's the question that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) set out to answer. In an interview with XXLMag.com, a GLAAD spokesperson said the organization hoped that the title was not a gimmick, but a 'sincere attempt to be an ally' to their cause.

Lil B retorted, '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. I hope GLAAD sees that I'm taking initial steps to break barriers.'

Ever since the rapper came out as a 'straight, Gay man,' it has cost him fans and he has been on the receiving end of death threats.

'Many of my supporters have turned on me,' he said. 'I got messages from some people saying, 'I'm gonna bash your head in,' 'You faggot,' and 'I'm gonna kill you.'

Still, Lil B maintains that he is not changing the name of his album.

Breaking sexual orientation barriers in the rap and hip-hop community is something of a challenge, says Terrance Dean, a former MTV producer and hip-hop expert. Dean recently wrote a book titled Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood, about being a Gay man in the rap community and the hurdles that those involved still need to overcome.

'Hip-hop is a culture and environment which does not provide a safe place for an artist to come forward or to come out,' Dean wrote in a column for HelloBeautiful.com. '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 braggadocious lyrical slaying about the number of women they've slept with and children they've produced.'

According to Lil B, it's those types of examples that he is trying to fight against - which is why he kind of, sort of, came out as Gay.

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