“By and large the industry doesn’t really care about creating art that’s socially redeeming or challenges patriarchy. The music industry is largely amoral, and concerned mainly with making money,… “Making music that’s socially uplifting is not a priority. Priority is making music that’s socially viable, and I think that the artists know that and they do what sells.” – Bryon Hurt
The continued prevalence of Homo-eroticism in hip hop cultures is worthy of debate. I don’t know why these issue aren’t discussed more, I think most Black American males involved with hip hop are too ashamed or afraid to discuss homo-eroticism aka homosexual tendencies/natures in hip hop culture. The concentration of Homo-eroticism/homosexuality in hip hop culture came from prison culture, a dude telling another dude to “cut off his dick and put in his mouth” came from prison culture. Most rappers are consciously or unconsciously trying to be as homophobic as most Jamaicans are but they’d be protested against because homosexuals have rights under the US Constitution. This is probably why most rappers run away when approached with the subject of homosexuality in interviews.
Hip Hop culture is a play-ground for homo-eroticism because when male rappers refer to woman as “bitches” and “hoes” they are objectifying women as having no value. This bonds male rappers and separates them from the bond that they are suppose to have with women to create functional heterosexual relationships. This can even explain dysfunctional relationships among black American females and males but this isn’t my specialty so Ill leave it as that. In other words males rappers rap about other males in a way that displaces women from the position in which they should be in, if the male rappers are to be as heterosexual as they claim to be. Males rappers brag about other males being in a spot that really should be exclusive to a female. Male rappers rapping about dying for their “homies” and protecting their “homies” but never once say that they’ll die or protect for a female is but one of the strongest suggestion of homosexual connotations in hip hop music&culture.
I am going to compare Sean Paul to rappers in general, to explain homo-eroticism among male rappers because Sean Paul for the most part is a Jamaican DJay. By comparing Sean Paul, a DJ to rappers one can more evidently see the excessive homo-erotic bonding between males in hip hop culture, and the homosexual connotations that this eventually leads to. Oh It’s calling rapping in hip hop but in dancehall it is called Djaying. Why am I comparing hip hop to Dancehall? Because the techniques and subculture used in Dancehall IS hip hop’s predecessor. Also I am trying to show that hip hop culture as evolved separately from the Jamaican immigrants that were originally responsible for introducing a lot of it’s subculture and techniques to black Americans, Hispanics etc. What was obviously not introduced by Jamaican immigrants was Homo-eroticism-homosexual connotations in hip hop, it is one of those things that have evolved from American prison culture.
Sean Paul Vs. Rappers
In Sean Paul’s early music videos such as Gimmie the Light, Get Busy, Like Glue, Temperature and I’m Still In Love With You Ft. Sasha, he is generally STANDING OR SITTING BY HIMSELF and DJaying about having a good time, partying, women, sex…etc subject matter is sort of like rap. I have to admit that Sean Paul as got Americanized or pop-like in his lyrics and music videos a large leap from Gimmie the Light but ah well. I’m going to use Get Busy because that’s one of the early music videos in which Jamaicanization was rampant. In Get Busy there is no reference to other males like most rappers always do, he is simply Djaying about dancing and partying in reference to females. In various scenes,Sean Paul is both but a humble bystander, who is at the same time a humble DJ responsible for the party being entertaining. Notice that throughout the video, he is not dancing with his shirt off surrounded by half-naked girls that can’t dance which is usually the case in hip hop/rap videos. Also, notice that in this music video girls are ACTUALLY dancing, dancing is a art, a way of life, unlike in most hip hop videos there is half-naked girls standing around or jumping around. The thing about these half-naked girls is that they’re not ACTUALLY dancing but looking like “hoochie mamas” or a “a dime a dozen” “hoes” “porn stars” “strippers.” Near the end of the video Sean Paul is portrayed as dancing with ONE girl, who is decently dressed. Sean Paul as a result flames in heterosexuality while most rappers dwindle in the very homo-sexual connotations that they are trying to run from. Rappers on the other hand have to surround themselves with a lot of stripper-looking, “hoochie mamas” while at the same time degrading these very women and glorifying their “home boys.” Sean Paul’s Get Busy represents authentic Jamaican/dancehall culture in New York city.
Not saying that all of Sean Paul’s videos are exactly like Get Busy but all of his songs like dancehall/reggae music&culture leaves no room for homo-eroticism. I think at the end of the day it’s not about the music video but the lyrics and the songs unless you’re Michael Jackson.There is NO male bonding that displaces women in dancehall/reggae culture.. Whereas in hip hop, most rappers have to “front” by having multiple girls standing around them doing nothing but behaving like “hoes” to hide homosexual connotations which only makes the later more visible. Most rappers are false pretenders or faking it instead of being. Reggae/dance hall music culture does not glorify male-bonding in it’s lyrics nor is there ever any room for homo-eroticism&homosexual connotations, if any of it does(haven’t heard of any) then it is a result of individual dancehall artiste who are ignorantly trying to act like the bulk of rappers. Underground rappers in my opinion by the time they go mainstream have countless connotations of homosexuality, because in the music industry a large part of being a successful mainstream rapper is to exhibit homosexual connotations and this is from my perspective, a Jamaican perspective.
“I’m into having sex I aint into making love…” In his video or song, this could be interpreted as trying to appeal to men. He’s not into making love because that void as already been filled by his homies. Making love with a woman would be disrupting to that bond he has already made with his homies that he entered the club with. He is not into making love with a woman because he’s already done so with his “homies.” Perhaps he has already or is “making love” with his “homies.” In these lyrics he is also disconnecting from women by objectifying the very woman he claims to be interested in having sex with. What is this saying? Is his claims true? Does he really want the woman? He never objectifies his homies so what is this saying? This is a classic example of homo-eroticism because these lyrics leave room for homosexual connotations. Anyway hip hop has a lot of MALE BONDING that is always at the expense of heterosexuality, and hip hop leaves A LOT of room for homo-erotic tendencies it depends on the hip hop artiste though. Some hip hop artiste exhibit more homo-erotic behavior than others. I’m not going to put out a list because there is alot, Lil Wayne would be near the top of the list.
P-Diddy’s “I Need a Girl.” In the song, he says, “you were more than my girl, we were like brothers,” is another example of homo-eroticism in Hip hop culture. He is trying to say that he and his “homies” are closer to him or as close to him as a female is suppose to be if he is heterosexual. He and his “homies” are playing “fight under covers.” In hip hop culture I guess this is normal or ok.
Image taken from this site:http://corrinnebollendorf.com/2010/03/19/homoeroticism-and-hip-hop-a-hush-hush-situation/ Nelly swiping a credit card through a female’s behind is an example of homo-eroticism because he is portrayed has having no emotional attraction/connection to the girl comparably similar to a homosexual male who would also have no emotional attraction/connection to the female because of being homosexual. So Nelly is no different from an homosexual male, this image is a representation of homosexuality. Also Nelly swiping a credit card through the female’s behind is him degrading the woman, so if he is degrading the woman it could be interpreted as not actually attracted to her, he is not trying to look good in front of a female, he is not trying to appeal to a woman’s good taste, he is not trying to appeal to women, specifically women that respect themselves, this imagery only appeals to men. This imagery is sexist and represents a disconnect from women in general. Since he is really appealing to men and not females this can be interpreted as homosexuality in it’s own right. This imagery of Nelly swiping a credit card down a woman’s behind is sexually appealing to insecure men(who claim that they are straight), & homosexual men. Homosexual men may view this as Nelly not being attracted to women but to men and this is how homosexual men get turned on by listening to rap. This whole image is also a glorification of male bonding that displaces heterosexuality or displaces functional heterosexual relationships. The fact that rap music turns-on homosexual men despite alleged homophobia shows the homosociality of hip hop, which after all may not actually be as homophobic as some Americans think it is. This is why Sean Paul cannot be interpreted as having any homosexual connotations while most rappers can, because of the larger homosexuality-connotation atmosphere of hip hop culture. When I compare these two genres of music&culture I see countless homosexual connotations in hip hop. The more rappers run from their homosexual connotations the more they go towards it. In other words rappers are as “gay” as they try not to be.
I think that hip hop needs to focus on being more authentic and uplifting and that is basically what this whole brag was about. Dancehall has it’s own set of issues but that is for a different post.