Hip-hop and rap have not always been accepting towards members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, however, times are changing.
On Sunday (Jun. 30), Lil Nas X– whose hit “Old Town Road” has been atop the Billboard Hot 100 longer than any hip-hop song in history– seemingly came out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community on Twitter. He later confirmed in a separate tweet that he is bisexual (“just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight).
Irv Gotti was asked by TMZ’s cameras about hip-hop’s long, murky history with homophobia, and was additionally prompted about whether he believes Lil Nas X and other artists will be accepted. Simply put: yes.
“Yeah, we don’t care,” he said. “If it was like 20, 30 years ago, it would be a shocker… 2019? Just be whoever you are, and we’ll accept you for who you are.”
Watch his comments above. Do you agree? Is hip-hop ready to put its history aside to accept artists from the LGBTQIA+ community? Sound off in the comments.