Compton-bred rapper The Game recently chatted with DJ Vlad and had some interesting things to say about gay rappers in the industry.
For years, rumors have swirled around the hip-hop world that many of its top artists were in the closet, but to date, no mainstream rapper has come forward to say he or she is homosexual.
Despite many popular emcees hinting that there were gay rappers out there (and Miss Wendy constantly trying to out folks in the biz), no one has been outed thus far. However, The Game says homosexual rappers need to take their rightful place in hip-hop…outside of the closet.
During the interview, DJ Vlad asked The Game if he ever thought a gay rapper could ever reach Eminem status. The Game looked shocked, and proceeded to give his stance on homosexuality (he’s cool with it as long as they aren’t in the closet).
The Game explains:
I think there are several rappers that are in the closet and gay, and see those are the type of gay people—the only type of gay people that I have a problem with. I don’t have a problem with gay people. Like, Beyonce should’ve said, ‘Who run the world? Gays,’ because they’re everywhere.
Be gay, you can do that. Game don’t have a problem with gay people. Game has a problem with people that are pretending not to be gay and are gay because the number one issue with that is that you could be fooling somebody and you could give them AIDS and they can die and so that in the closet s— is real scary.
So, we’ve got to get into the real seriousness of it and it’s just not fair to other people. Then that shit spreads because that girl that you might be fooling might leave you and go find another dude who ain’t gay and give him the disease. And he goes and cheats on her, so it’s an ongoing thing. So it’s ain’t cool to be in the closet. If you gay, just say you gay. Be gay and be proud.
In spite of our society becoming progressively accepting of gays and lesbians, hip-hop remains a very gendered and hyper-masculine space that views heterosexual prowess as a badge. Until rappers feel their fans (and their peers) will love them regardless of who they sleep with, we’ll continue to hear rumors about who is and who isn’t gay.