Tim’m West ‘ICONography’ release party and performance
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“I think the fact that we haven’t had a mainstream gay hip-hop artist is a testament still to the homophobia of the industry,” he says, noting that there is a vibrant underground scene of LGBT hip-hop in almost every city in the country.
“When you listen to mainstream radio there’s a certain limited number of topics that a lot of rappers talk about. You know, getting high, having sex with women, and their money and their cars,” West says. “I think there’s this idea of really challenging the notion of a rapper or a hip-hop artist. You know, a hip-hop artist can’t be highly intelligent, can’t be very socially conscious, can’t also be engaged in nonprofit or corporate spaces to impact change.”
Masculine black LGBT rappers not accepted