Kanye West, Pioneer of Queer Rap??It seems Kanye West just can’t catch a break lately, from his popularity and pockets taking a hit. to being called out by a former artist (Consequence) and now being dissed by Hip Hop pioneer Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian.
Lord Jamar, it seems, is not a fan of Kanye West’s fashion sense and fashion contribution to hip hop. He recorded a diss song entitled “Lift up your skirt” here is an excerpt “Somebody mad at my hash tag/ Black man lookin’ half a f*g/With a blazer and vest, I’m just amazed at the mess/Pioneer of this queer sh*t is Kanye West/He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene/Then he wore a f***ing skirt on the video screen/Then he wore it again at a memorial/I can’t pretend that this s**t ain’t deplorable/I bet this n***a thinkin’ he looking adorable/Your music’s good but your ego is horrible.” where he calls Kanye the Pioneer of this queer shit for his introduction of “the skinny jeans to the rap scene”. Lord Jamar also calls out Kanye for wearing skirts not once but twice.
We all know that Kanye likes to push the fashion envelope; from wearing skirts to women’s blouses to fashion shows, not to mention he was one of the first high profiled men to wear skinny jeans. Even his sexuality has been questioned because of the way he dresses.
Now, I am all for having an opinion, and while I won’t say whether or not I agree with Lord Jamar’s opinion, I do respect the fact that he has one. While I would rather he pulled Kanye to the side to have a one on one conversation instead of recording a diss song, which to some may look like another old school artist whoring for attention, I can understand a hip hop forefather voicing his displeasure about the music he loves.
But, it is a little perplexing, because Lord Jamar’s and others like him’s displeasure has nothing to do with his music. Even Lord Jamar says in the song “Your music’s good.” It seems as if people put too much stock into Kanye’s way of dressing and give him too much credit to think that he can influence today’s hip hop acts to wear skinny jeans.
Kanye may be a talented artist but, IMO his influence on the game is minimal at best – besides he has been called soft ever since The College Drop out, so for anybody to say that he influenced the hip hop of acts of today to dress in a “queer” way may come off as hating, even the use of the word just gives those that think hip hop is homophobic more fuel to their fire.
So what do you think, does Lord Jamar have a legitimate beef or is he out line, looking for attention? Also what is your opinion of men wearing skinny jeans?
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