Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Look Who's Talking

The much awaited book Hiding in Hip Hop is already creating a fury of buzz. The book by Terrance Dean is billed as the gay tell-all that should reveal who's gay and/or on the downlow in the uber macho hip-hop community. I don't know about you, but I'd love to know who's on that list. The book is set to hit shelves next month.

There are some names that come to mind that may or may not be on the list by Dean. Diddy? Will Smith? Queen Latifah? Not sure if he plans to name names or just drop hints (he'll probably do the later), but this should prove to be an interesting book nonetheless.
Like Kanye West says, "Hip Hop is the opposite of gay." I must comend Kanye for making the effort to speak about the need to end homophobic attitudes, but his words fell on deaf ears. You have artist like Busta Rhymes that says he can't condone the lifestyle.
I must also make mention the underground movement of Homo Hip Hop. There are some amazing artist like Tori Fixx and Deadlee that are doing there thing in a genre that has not been accepting. But can they ever be mainstream? Will they ever sell millions? I would hope that one day their ability to sell will be based on their talent and not on their sexual orientation.
So if you want to be successful in this genre, you do have to be closeted. Does Terrance Dean have the right to tell all? I don't know if I agree with pushing people out of the closet, but I will still be buying this book when it comes out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You've convinced me, this book will probably be a good read. I will say noone should ever be made to leave the safety of the closet, they must want to go and should be able to do so on their own.