The month of June has been chosen to represent LGBTQ pride, as a way to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Being a part of the LGBTQ community myself, I’ve chosen to take a moment to recognize some out and proud LGBTQ rappers who are absolutely killing it in the industry!
There’s no doubt that you’ve heard this Brooklyn rapper’s smash hit “OOOUUU”, which peaked at #19 on 11.19.2016. Young M.A has many amazing qualities, but the one we love the most is her brash confidence as a lesbian who has been “out of the closet” for some time now. Young M.A also operates a YouTube channel for relationship advice under the name “Kat Kasanova”. She may only have a few songs out now, but each one so far has been a hit!
Check out: “Thotiana Remix”
Known for being ‘Chance the Rapper’s’ kid brother, this bisexual rapper exited the closet in January of 2017, via Twitter. He has recently released his project “The American Reject”. Taylor has managed to successfully forge his own lane offering listeners a sufficient body of work with feel-good instrumentals, as well as some potent bars that’ll leave you in a state of deep reflection
Check out: “The American Reject” below
Wisconsin’s Alternative to Hip-Pop artist TeawhYB, is not one for the close-minded. As a role model for the next generation of hip-hop culture, the openly gay-identifying artist has captivated the music scene with an intimate and electric sound. In celebration of Pride Month, TeawhYB has released his latest track “Cabin”; found exclusively on the
Check out more of his music here:
After the success of his record “Tuesday”, Makonnen chose to reveal that he had been keeping a secret from his fans. “As a fashion icon, I can’t tell you about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell you about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out,” (Makonnen tweets, January 2017).
Since the breaking of his truth to the world, Makonnen has spoken about the strained relationship between hip-hop and LGBTQ+ issues, making note that they’re far more connected than most people enjoy letting off.
Makonnen states that “it’s like, it’s gonna come to a head eventually, gay and hip-hop, because they’re two worlds that try to act like they don’t fuck with each other, but they do, very hard. You can listen to any rapper and they’ll tell you about a gay designer, more than their female counterparts. Sooner or later, people are gonna have to be like, okay, what is it? Because I keep hearing about all the gay designers, seeing you guys in all the gay designer clothes. You guys all come from Atlanta, the known black gay capital of the world. So it’s like, when are we gonna have this conversation? You’re so anti-gay, but you support gay brands? You can’t support a gay man, you can support a gay brand?”
Check out his hit “Tuesday” below
New York feminist rapper Princess Nokia has busted onto the scene with tons of ambition, drive and personality. She identifies as many ethnicities; Puerto Rican, Native American, African, and more. Her sexuality is rarely brought up but she has previously announced that she is fluid. There are many things to unpack within this rising artist, but if there’s one thing we can be sure about, it’s that she loves herself. Majority of her music touches on self-love and how she has learned to accept herself.
Check out ‘Tomboy’ here:
Last but not least, yet perhaps the one of most popular, Frank Ocean turned heads when he announced his bisexuality. The artist exited the closet by choosing to tell his fans of a love story. It went; “4 summer ago, I met somebody, I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost… Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping.”
The topic of bisexuality and sexuality in general, come up often in Ocean’s music. Songs such as “Chanel and Forrest Gump,” as well as others deal with the theme very well.
Check out ‘Forrest gump’ below
Tag an upcoming LGBT artist that you think deserves some recognition!