Lord Jamar Targets Kanye West’s “Queer Style”

by Yesha Callahan

Lord Jamar and Kanye West

Last year Kanye West made headlines, not only because of his music, but because of his sense of fashion. After wearing a leather skirt, designed by Riccardo Tisci, during the Watch The Throne tour and the 12-12-12 benefit concert, fashion and hip-hop critics couldn’t stop talking about it.

But now, the talk has turned sour and homophobic thanks to Lord Jamar.

Brand Nubian member, Lord Jamar, apparently is a bit homophobic (also, someone has appropriately updated the first sentence of Jamar’s Wikipedia page). In his new “diss” track, “Lift Up Your Skirt,” Lord Jamar not only makes fun of Kanye’s fashion, he also calls it “queer shit” and uses the line “Black man lookin’ half a f-g.”

“He introduced skinny jeans to the rap scene/and then he wore a f—ing skirt on the video screen/then he wore it again at a memorial/I can’t pretend/this s— is deplorable,” raps Jamar. “The music is good, but the ego is horrible,” describes Jamar of Kanye. “Yes, let’s not call this a DISS TRACK … it’s a FACTS TRACK#LiftUpYourSkirt,” he tweeted about the song.

Here are the lyrics to Jamar’s “song”: 

Somebody mad at my hashtag

Black man lookin’ half a f*g

With a blazer and vest

I’m just amazed at the mess

Pioneer of this queer shit is Kanye West

He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene

Then he wore a f*cking skirt on the video screen

Then he wore it again at a memorial

I can’t pretend that this shit ain’t deplorable

I bet this n*gga thinkin’ he looking adorable

Your music’s good but your ego is horrible

And he goes on to say …

I rebuke all this gay shit

Some are scared to say shit

You might lay and take this

But I’m not to be played with

In an interview with SOHH, Lord Jamar had a few other words directed towards Kanye:

“It’s not just jabs at Kanye West. It’s anybody promoting the feminization — of the Black man in hip-hop culture. … We’re not Irish. We’re not Europeans. Rocking kilts and all that is just another excuse to introduce that skirt style. … This has nothing to do with sexuality, who they choose to be with and all that, I’m not even talking about that. I’m talking specifically about, what is hip-hop? And that’s not hip-hop. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that’s not hip-hop.”

Feminization of the Black man?  I’m still not sure why he’s so concerned about the clothing another person dons. Apparently he hasn’t realized that 90s hip-hop, which was laced with homophobia, has evolved into something where some hip-hop artists are now less concerned about gay bashing and more concerned about their sense of style and individuality.  On Brand Nubian’s, “Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down,” Sadat X let it be known how he felt about gays, ”I can freak, fly, flow, fuck up a fagg*t/I don’t understand their ways; I ain’t down with gays.” This line was eventually removed from the song is later releases.

Speaking of removing things, in a twist of irony, West is now trying to have all images of him wearing the leather kilt removed from the internet.  Gawker’s, Rich Juriak, noted at the end of his article that Getty Images has been ordered to “…scrub their site of the several shots of Kanye from the 12-12-12 show they hosted. They wouldn’t say why”. I wonder what Lord Jamar would say about tribal men in Africa wearing skirts, or the fact that “the lady doth protest too much,” may actually have people thinking he’s a closeted gay man.  In the words of Jay-Z, what one man eats (or wears) really shouldn’t make you sh*t, Lord Jamar.

What do you think about Lord Jamar’s song?

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    It’s interesting how many have no problem with the emasculation of men, black men in particular.

  • AnGe

    I was wondering when somebody would say somethin. I will admit, my eyebrow executed a slight arch when I saw the skirt and lowkey I had question marks next to his sexuality. At the end of the day, it doesn’t bother me. Gay/Straight has no effect on my life. Andre 3000 has a similar approach to fashion. Just with Kanye it seems more contrived, like he’s trying a little too hard. Idk.

    He’ll turn off some of the traditional hip hop fans and start drawin in the eclectics. He’s good. Just wonderin what Jays face looked like when Kanye came out of his dressin room in that skirt :-/

  • wfm

    So sick of black women bashing black men speaking about the effeminization of black men. Let Black men speak about their issues. Woman mind your business! Stick to bashing beyonce. The most homage gay men pay you is acting like a ghetto black women in speech and ways. Many are not riding for any causes for Black women.

    Not sure what we as woman are thinking. In the next breath you will scream, I cant find no man, they all gay and in jail.

    As much bullshit hip hop out, a pioneer cant speak? Really? After all Brand Nubian contributed?

  • Ms. Information

    Freedom of speech.


    GOOD. About time some body spoke out against Kan-gay West’s closet homo, weirdo ass.

    Also, I agree that far too many Black women come to the rescue of gay men. What does it take to get women to realize that gay men are the enemy of women?

    Gay men are not your friends. They covet what you have, & only hang around you to find ways to take it from you.

  • Camryn

    Oh..who knew Clutch was filled with so many homophobes.

    I’mma pray for yall.

  • Nicole

    Well Kanye has been on some other shit lately.

    It was only a matter of time before someone said something.

  • Sasha

    “It’s not just jabs at Kanye West. It’s anybody promoting the feminization — of the Black man in hip-hop culture. … We’re not Irish. We’re not Europeans. Rocking kilts and all that is just another excuse to introduce that skirt style. … This has nothing to do with sexuality, who they choose to be with and all that, I’m not even talking about that. I’m talking specifically about, what is hip-hop? And that’s not hip-hop. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that’s not hip-hop.”

    Wow just so much, where do I even begin. Not for writing lengthy comments so I’ll keep this short. Lord Jamar- you are the jester in the court of misogynistic, emasculating, insecure men but I guess you refer to yourself as a Lord because there are many other idiots of your ilk running around but your status allows you to share the opinions of these lesser idiots. You say your issue is anybody “promoting the feminization of hip-hop” but in the next breath you say it has nothing to do with sexuality YET you spent a lot of time on the track insinuating that Kanye West is homo, gay, fag, etc. basically assaulting Kanye’s sexuality because of his perceived femininity. I won’t even address the skirt/ kilt issue because it is clear this man failed to retain anything he may have learned in world history and is extremely unwordly and uncultured. I have seen my grandfather, a Nigerian heterosexual man, in what some (uncultured) people would perceive to be a “skirt” many times and didn’t titter and refer to him as a homosexual or fag or homo. There is so much knowledge and information out there yet people choose to stay woefully stupid, willfully ignorant in their comfort bubble….sad.

  • wfm

    Homosexuality was once looked at as mental illness.Today anyone who dares to speak has the phobia, are mental. Are you going to use you Bible to pray?

    Black women sometimes scream about misogyny and patriarchy. Gay men are misogynous and patriarchal too.
    Talk to a few gay men. There are a few looking to ATTEMPT to turn out your man.

  • Camryn

    You’re a f*cking idiot.

  • wfm

    Oh and if Lord Jamar bashed Kanye for having a white woman, Black women would cosign and bash along with him.

  • Ask_ME

    The problem is you morons will quack your lips to speak all types of negative ish about each other and black women with NO SHAME. Yet when is comes to self-reflecting, speaking on the mess you’ve created in your communities or doing anything positive you’re as quite as a church mouse–or you deflected the blame to white men or black women.

    The only time you idiots have something to say is when you feel like YOUR PERSONAL manhood is being emasculated, rejected, made a mockery of, or bashed.

    Kanye West is his OWN man. He can dress however he likes. That’s his business. I find it more “gay” that so many black men are concerned about the attire of another man and how it make THEM look.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Wow–are you serious with this?

  • wfm

    Im a woman, not a man.

  • http://pinxitphoto.com Raquita

    who is this guy again?

    I think he just wants to be on someone radar again. I think its best we don’t even acknowledge this jackassery and go about our day

  • Bee

    Lord Jamar is getting attention most people have no idea who he is. Kanye West, Andre 3000 and others have always had a unique twist to fashion. It is ashame that some black are not open minded to things.

  • http://defendingmoney.wordpress.com Marketing Gimmicks

    Sounds like a Salty Beans Stunt mixed with a touch of envy.

    Lord Jamar is a washed up 80′s third string rapper with notoriety from Brand Nubian. He wasn’t even the main man running the show. That was Grand Poobah, and Derrick X. He’s kinda like Pras from the Fugees, or those other two dudes from the Black Eye Peas…kinda there and in the background but no one really cared…

    As much as I hate to say it Kanye happy or sad is doing him and simply trying to live and create without apology. The scope of hip hop has broadened and unfortunately some dated rappers still think they have the “blueprint” on what constitutes manhood. The kilt is honestly creative expression. I understand distaste but an entire diss track? Somebody has way too much time on their hands.

    Why can’t he just let Yeezy be great?

    *Now a Kim K diss track would have made me happy. I deplore Kanye’s association with that entire vapid family.

  • Shirl

    @Samurai36: everybody is entitled to an opinion no matter how stupid I guess…

  • George

    Who is Lord Jamar?

  • OhPuhleezee

    Interesting comments from a man that had his junk hanging out in shower scenes on Oz. Let Kanye be Kanye and worry about yourself LJ. If you were truly concerned you would’ve gone straight to the man and had a conversation. We all know you put this out to try to get back in the business. A more important issue is the constant criminalization of the Black man in Hip Hop. Make a song telling these fools to stop talking about killing, gang banging, selling drugs, and prison.

  • Coach K

    Knowledge + wisdom = understanding
    Man+ man = nothing
    Woman + woman= nothing
    Human beings we have lost our way!

  • Maeby

    Since when was hip-hop about everyone being in a rigid box following rules this guy has decided to make.

    Hip-hop has not only been constantly pushing the boundaries of music but fashion too. Just look at Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, and Slick Rick.

    And Kanye is into fashion. Of course he’s going to experiment.

    I honestly don’t have a problem with it. There’s a difference between being forced in a skirt for cheap laughs and choosing to experiment with (masculine) fashion.

  • Maeby

    “Forced” probably isn’t the best phrase since I was thinking about the Waynes Brothers when I said this. But encouraged by white directors in cases where they don’t write their own material.

  • Kay

    Um….first of all who is this cat? And why should I care about his homophobic sexist/ rants? Don’t care about him or what he has to say.

  • dirtychai

    Lord Jamar? Anyway — there was a point in time where his V-neck t-shirt and beaded necklace would be considered feminine. Let Kanye live.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Ouch LOL but much truth here @ WFM

  • The Comment

    I rebuke this gay shit! I rebuke thee Satan!


    and I’m not even high……..

  • The Comment

    His lyrics were sick but overshadowed by how insulting and degrading to women….”bytch get a job….from me you won’t rob”

    Homophobic Yes…….

    will step to Kanye or any other Lil peasy rapper by himself and can handle his own…Hell yeah!

    “love me or leave me alone”….was my fav…”

  • apple

    people who are obsessed with degrading gay things , even the silliest things, are so closet gay to me.. this guy is probably meeting men on craigslist. go fug yourself lord jamar

  • camille

    Idiot. What kind of math is that? I can’t stand pseudointellectuals. If you’d gone to college you’d know there is no “divine math.” Get over yourself

  • EST. 1986

    Are you a Christian? Don’t you all believe that ‘God’ created everything? Because, if so, ‘God’ created the gay and lesbians.

  • The Comment

    LMAO!!!!!! Girl….80/90s rap was full of: divine math, original black man, king/queen/gods. Mother land, verbal ham, asiatic black man, respect for self, nappy dug out, hoes, nutz and balls….

    But it was good stuff cause since the 80s…white pundits would get on the 5 o’clock news and tell us that rap would not last. They assured white folks that this is just a trend…not to worry..just take it easy. But it got bigger and bigger and bigger..

    So by the time the late 80s and early 90s rolled around….us in our teens searching for our history/roots..and thus…..the likes of Lord Jamar, Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers, Shabazz the Disciple became video supplements to the books we were reading.

    Just go on youtube and watch Shabazz the Disciple ‘Death be the Penalty’ and think about being young, black, alone….trying to navigate the system.

    just my experience.

  • The Comment

    Sweetie…I donate to the LGBT center on Mission and Market in SF to help the cause…


    (415) 865-5555…they will take cash, check or money order.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    white woman, check. skirt, check. idiot, check…

  • D.T.

    Give this man an award for not being afraid to talk about this. Just last week I saw a little black boy jerking his next and making flamboyant hand gestures while talking and all I could do was smh and imagine where was his father. Our community is so backwards now. We are celebrating the masculinity of black women and the femininity of black men more and more. Black women stupidly support this crap and then turn around and fuss about brothers being gay. Fruity black men are a waste of what could have been a strong black man.

  • Anthony

    What is more stereotypically girly than constantly gossiping about people? Mind you, I’m not saying that gossip and back biting are really feminine, I am just saying that Lord Jamar’s rants fit a rather effeminate stereotype.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Not trying debate but GOD did not create sin and or abominations or iniquity, man did.

  • Christine

    It’s crazy how society works. When women wear pants or speak in a “masculine” way-it’s fine. But for a man to do anything feminine– how outlandish and wrong! Why is it so degrading for a man to do anything that resembles what a woman traditionally does? Does appearance and clothes matter that much? Who.Cares.

  • Wow

    I wish all DL rappers would just come out the closet so they can concentrate on making good lyrics vs. hating on everyone cause they got to put up a front.

  • http://trueletterson.wordpress.com trueletterson

    I think Lord Jamar makes a good point, the enemy of black people got to be paying these fools for the feminization of the black man cause the assault is non stop and they got to know better so they got to be paid to do this.

  • lil ray

    SO he not concern about women bashing ,drugs,violence…

  • lil ray

    And black men reasonably for this is?.

  • Coach K

    Lol. It’s funny these days when someone disagrees with you you’re not intelligent. Their opinion is supreme. The universe is all the creation of divinity. Based on laws and math or what could be termed as science. You apparently don’t recognize your own divinity

  • AM

    I’ve honestly never heard of him. He is either on the come up as a rapper and looking for an outlet to shine, or is trying to revive his career through Kanyedarshian.
    My due apologies if he is actually very relevant. He is definitely homophobic, no doubt about that.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    So wearing pants/jeans sagging, wearing undershirts, having 50-11 tattoos just to have them, wearing clothes way to big as if you stepped out of the big and tall store, making Jewish jeweler dealers rich with 1001 diamonds and chains you don’t need, etc. is hip hop? Or masculine?

  • EST. 1986

    I’m not understanding how you disapprove (that is what it means to rebuke) of ‘gay sh*t’ but you also donate to the LGBT center.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com commentarybyvalentina


    I know, right. They wear diamonds and designer clothes. They talk about how they have nothing but love for their boyz and women are b*tches and h*es. Seems to me hip hop has been emulating certain aspects of gay culture for some time.

    And, he says we’re not European and yet he calls himself “Lord”. Where does he think that title comes from. Lol.

    The enormity of some people’s ignorance really astounds me.

  • http://www.myfemalepersuasion.wordpress.com myfemalepersuasion

    I think the author asked the wrong question at the end of this piece. Instead of asking if what we think of the song (I had never even heard of it until I saw it written here), a deeper issue she could have addressed is the one Lord Jamar addressed – promoting feminization of black men via hip hop. I completely agree with that. From Lil Wayne wearing leggings, to Kanye wearing a skirt and deep V-neck shirts, to Asap Rocky wearing a dress. We all know that hip hop not only shapes global culture, but it also shapes the minds of the youth (I’m sure someone will make the case here that parents are the sole influence on their children, and not rappers, but I disagree). I also don’t see the connection as far as the author’s point about tribes in Africa. In fact, I think it’s distasteful. These rappers aren’t making these fashion statements as educational ploys.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    THANK YOU!!! i knew i wasn’t the only one who noticed hip hop dissing women and showing love for the homeboys.lol

  • dirtychai

    Sweet baby Moses, did you actually read the article!?!

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Hip hop has BEEN extremely homoerotic for decades now and imo the further emasculation by adopting women’s clothing, cosmetics and accessories is just the next step.

  • EST. 1986

    Sweet baby ‘Devil’, she seems to be agreeing with the quote.

  • Yuppers

    Homophobia and misogyny are kissin’ cousins of each other as far as soul sicknesses is concerned, so your bizarre warning rings about as hollow as the emptiness of your thoughts.

  • wfm

    They don’t here you though. It is harmful for our boys to see men dressed like women, calling women bitches. It looks like the days of the Roman and Greek men who thought of women as slaves and enjoyed having sex with men more than women. For some stupid reason Black women think its all fine and anyone who gives the side eye is homophobic.

  • Nakia

    Some PEOPLE are not open minded to things. Closed mindedness is not a characteristic exclusive to Black people.

  • Nakia

    You are who you associate with (vapid) and Kanye deserves to be dissed for many reasons, as evidenced by the fact that he’s asking these images to be removed. Even he doesn’t believe in “doing him” and living and creating “without apology”. All he cares about is what certain people think of him. Changed his entire tune after white folks couldn’t get over the Taylor swift thing. Damn near disappeared from being. Came back more shallow and materialistic and with a number of random white women on his arm before settling (or “accomplishing”) with kim. The only opinions he could care less about are those of Black women. Trust.

  • Nakia

    I believe he is concerned about those things and this, as well, judging from his history in music. It can happen, being concerned about multiple things that you feel affect your community.

  • PineApples

    Why the hell do all the comments addressing the fact that Lord Farquad is a homophobe have a load of thumbs down?? Y’all make me sad…#ignoranceisnotbliss….

  • Common Sense

    I am sorry, but I have to agree with Lord Jamar. In the past ten years it seems that men’s ads for clothing have become very effeminate. Like long necklaces, beaded, mind you, that are reminiscent of womens’ costume jewelry. It looks like the fashion industry is trying to feminize men. I cannot be the only person who notices this. Billboards and magazines are full of it.
    Please let us go back to when men dressed like men and were cool with it. I don’t want to date a man who looks androgynous, not a good look.

  • Whiteprivilegeterminated

    Well I don’t see this guys “issue” as being any different to that of black women who complain of being de-feminized non-women due to exclusion from white privilege and white beauty standards.

    In both instances it’s just black people who think white supremacist definitions and standards are the only ones that count.

    Masculine and feminine are recognized in many different ways around the world, but the only way that matters to these people is white people’s ways.

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