Hathos Alert

A reader flags the NSFW music video seen above:

Have you heard of gay rapper Fly Young Red? Have you seen his new music video for “Throw That Boy Pussy”? All the worst aspects of rap culture have now made it to the gay community!

But you have to admit it’s pretty damn catchy. A fan of the video puts it in context:

Unfortunately I don’t get to read every Dish post, so you may have already covered the phenomenon of queer hip hop. Last week at the end of South by Southwest we had our annual Gay Bi Gay Gay party, a huge celebration of Austin’s queer community and the headlining acts were queer hip hop artists Cakes Da Killa (seen here) and Mykki Blanco (seen here).  Bounce artist and queer transwoman Big Freedia has become an icon, spreading “twerking” to the masses.  Profoundly straight rapper Macklemore has been accused of stealing the beat for “Thrift Shop” from queer rapper Le1f’s song “Wut” (judge for yourself).

The latest gay hip hop phenomenon, however, is the viral hardcore rap song “Throw That Boy Pussy” by Houston rapper Fly Young Red.

This song takes the basic hypersexual audacity of traditional hip hop and turns it on its head by applying it to boys. The result is an intensely homoerotic celebration of eating and fucking ass.  I don’t know if you are into hip hop, but for people under 40 it is our baseline music, much as rock and roll was for our parents before.  I saw your post about hip hop diplomacy to combat Islamic radicalism.  Now gay and queer artists are using it to celebrate not just “pride” and other more safe (if still powerful) expressions, but also an unapologetic gay sexuality.

I am not gay myself, though I suppose I am somewhat queer in that I have had sex with men and will again someday I would imagine.  My girlfriend is queer, my best friend is a gay man, and I spend a lot of my time at queer and gay events.  There is still plenty of house music and Britney Spears, but more and more often the best big gay parties feature not just rap music, but hardcore stuff.  Part of this is a function of the radicalized, militant queer culture in Austin, part of it is the fact that we have an upfront queer community of color that grew up on the real deal aggressive hip hop music, but part of it is that gay rap is getting really good.  I think there is some sort of story here, some sort of meditation.  I wanted to raise your attention to the phenomenon, and share some of this awesome music with you.  I hope you enjoy it!

Previous Dish on Big Freedia and sissy bounce here, and Dish on gay rappers here.