Lil Nas X has opened up about his decision to come out as gay last week, explaining he hopes that by going public with his sexuality, he can inspire change in the music world. Just taking it to the grave or something," he added. The song referenced his desire to no longer be "actin'," including the line, "This is what I gotta do, can't be regretting when I'm old. In a follow-up tweet, Lil Nas X highlighted the rainbow on the art for his EP as another clue about his sexuality.
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He is totally street: baggy jeans, wrist bands, fresh black Timberlands, a diamond stud in his left ear and a baseball cap worn to the back, at an angle with his name spray-painted across the bill in graffiti bubble letters. Caushun is a rapper, and he's getting ready to rhyme, but right now he's flipping through Vogue. He did Kimora Lee Simmons's hair for her photo shoot, and he wants to see how it turned out. Caushun can get fierce with some hair. He calls himself ''the weave king,'' an extensions specialist. He's done hairdos for J-Lo and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and he's the stereotype of the celebrity hairdresser. He's a b-boy with a poodle named Wesley and an apartment with ornate pillows with silk flowers on them and beautiful vases filled with giant lilies.
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Kanye West is an outspoken artist -- that much we know. But we're never able to predict exactly where he will direct his passionate stream of thoughts. During an August interview with MTV News exactly 10 years ago for example, we witnessed one of his most important tangents to date.
Ann Powers. Lil B , the prolific, Internet-obsessed Bay Area rapper, announced at Coachella that he would call his next album I'm Gay — a provocation that extends past the comfort zones of many rap fans. Lil B is known for assuming alternate identities previous releases include the songs "I'm Miley Cyrus" and "I'm Charlie Sheen" , but this was his most surprising move yet. GLAAD questioned his motives — was this a prank, or a stealth macho move akin to other rappers' use of the phrase "no homo? This isn't the first time gay culture and hip-hop have come into contact, but since Lil B is a rapper right on the fringe of the mainstream, and he's putting himself in the middle of the genre's long-term conflict over homosexuality, Ann Powers wrote to Tavia Nyong'o, professor of performance studies at NYU and blogger at Hear is Queer to talk about where his decision might take the debate.