“A Gay Rapper Who’s Better Than Everybody”

by Brendan James

That’s what rapper Talib Kweli predicts it will take to end the stigma of homosexuality in hip-hop:

Unfortunately hip-hop is so competitive that in order for fringe groups to get in, you gotta be better than whoever’s the best. So before Eminem, the idea that there would be a white rapper that anybody would really check for was fantastic or amazing or impossible. You had people like 3rd Bass and other people came through, and people respected them for their dedication to hip-hop. But people didn’t really take white rappers seriously until Eminem, because he was better than everybody. Like female emcees, you need to be like Lauryn Hill or Nicki Minaj or killing everything before somebody takes you seriously.

Previous Dish on hip-hop and homosexuality here, here and here.