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.