If you haven’t been privy to the greatness that is LE1F (Greedhead) you are definitely missing out on some great hip hop. Le1f’s Dark York, which dropped in April, has been critically acclaimed, featuring production from some of the hottest dance producers right now- such as Nguzunguzu, 5kinandbone5, and Matt Shadetek. This mixtape is a grimy, raw, truthful, musical exploration of the New York underground scene Le1f is a part of. Here you can find syncopated bounce stuffed between strong Vogue breaks or even scantly stringed saxophone squeaks stringed along clapped beats. All in all, this is the stuff you can expect on Rihanna or Beyonce’s next album, you know- the stuff you all call groundbreaking when its really like 2 years late #shade.
I can go on and on about Le1f, but we are not here for that. We are here to talk about the recent mainstream’s attention to different black performer’s sexuality. WSHH are by no means the end all be all of hip hop media- but those who read their site and those who contribute to their site should be paid attention to. That stupid ass tag line irritated the mess out of me. “This is What Happens When Rappers Start Admitting Their Gay”- I can’t. What I really couldn’t do though were those comments. So I’m going to let y’all not what you are not going to do:
1. World Star Hip Hop and other ‘black/urban’ media outlets such as NewsOne, you all will not continue to use the wrong possessive pronoun. It is their, there, and they’re- you all mean to use the latter.
2. You all are not going to keep saying the Frank Ocean is the first R&B/Hip Hop artist to come out. That just sounds stupid. It is fantastic that Mr. Ocean comfortable enough to let the public have small insight to his personal life- just as Anderson Cooper and Mika. However, we shouldn’t ignore other dynamics, such as class, race, and background which dictates more time than not who is willing to have their business outside for public consumption. Remember this, violence is real.
3. For those who pretend to be queer friendly or whatever (looking at your indie journalists, supposedly “down” rappers), y’all are not going to continue to classify artists like Le1f as just queer rap. First off, did he ask you all to do that- no, no he didn’t. Granted, Le1f, Mykki Blanco, Zebra Kats, House of Ladosha are apart of a underground New York scene making serious strides on hip hop and the fashion world and are queer, but just to describe them as ‘queer’ or ‘gay’ rap is lazy. That classification also brings about the question of where rappers such as Sissy Nobby, and Big Freedia or even my Austin, TX based Cuban bred mujeres Las Krudas belong- because trust they were out and on the grind with their sounds way before that New York click was…
4. You all will stop using rapper’s sexuality/race/gender/ as a crutch for their art. If its garbage its garbage, if it’s not it is not. There are many ways to measure or rank art, but identity is not one of them. If I see one more stupid Youtube comment on videos such as Sasha Go Hard (man, shawty has bars for a female), Iggy Azalea (for a white girl she can really rap, get with it! (no she can’t though- but that’s just me)) or even Le1f’s “Wut” ( via WSHH “shit is hard but not trying to watch this nigga shake his ass and sit on the white mans lap“)…..
what’s my answer to that last statement? WELL TRICK I AM TRYING TO SEE DUDE SHAKE HIS ASS AND SIT ON THAT DUDES LAP WITH THE PIKACHU FACE- AIN’T NOBODY ASKED FOR YOUR OPINION- THANKS!!!!