Syd the Kyd is the only woman in the controversial rap crew Odd Future, who are known for pushing the envelope with their overly misogynistic and violent lyrics. As the resident DJ, Syd is one of forces holding the loose collective together. Now, she’s striking out on her own and teaming up with fellow crew member Matt Martians to form spin-off group, The Internet.
Recently Syd and Martians sat down with LA Weekly to discuss their upcoming project and what it means that Syd is an openly gay rapper in an industry with very few openly gay and lesbian role models.
During the interview, Syd called out Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Missy Elliot, saying they should come out of the closet.
Syd explains: ”There’s Alicia Keys, who’s married to Swizz Beats – we know that shit ain’t real. You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don’t wanna hang with bitches. You know she loves her some bitches.”
She continues, explaining why she decided to come out in the video for ‘Cocaine’: ”I decided to do it because I wish I had someone like that [an openly gay female artist] while I was coming up. People write on my Tumblr just thanking me for making the video, saying that I really inspire them, and they want to be like me. But I wasn’t always this way, this comfortable with myself, and I remember what that was like. So I figure, fuck it. Everyday people aren’t given this opportunity and I realize that. And I didn’t at first. I thought I was just lucky to be along for the ride.”
What do you think? Why aren’t there many openly gay and lesbian rappers?
*Read more at the LA Weekly.