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Hip hop’s new disturbing trend – “No homo”

Hip hop has long been lampooned for being homophobic, and with even venerable groups like Tribe showing off some less-than-stellar judgment on the matter, it’s understandable why the genre as a whole has a bad rap.

But this new phrase seems to be even more over the top than the ridiculous nonsense that Eminem throws out.

Basically, more and more frequently now, rappers (I should note that it’s primarily commercial rappers who are doing this) drop some ridiculous phrase then toss out a “no homo” at the end.  This Current TV segment does a good job of highlighting the absurdity of the whole meme.


Personally, I can’t understand why hip hop would want to let something like this go.  In mind, a genre that has long been a bastion for disaffected people, or those who feel like they are being discriminated against, would want to inflict that same thing on anyone else.  Maybe it’s some whole “cycle of violence” thing the same way that abusers are affected.  Who knows? 

The problem is that it’s gaining so much credence that even big name rappers like Kanye are using it.  It’s one thing when little raw battle dogs like Cam’Ron drop some hyperbolic ish, but when someone who actually gets radio airplay is doing it, that’s another.

Hopefully this is a just one of those fads that disappears, like dropping it like it’s hot. 


Tribe put out a homophobic track? Say it ain’t so, Tip.

[Update: It appears that It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold this Sac, broke this story well before Crawford did, so credit goes to them]

Byron Crawford, a extremely controversial (and quite unloved in some circles) writer, has really publicized the existence of a tragic track by A Tribe Called Quest.  It was never released, but the fact that they ever recorded it has me shaking my head and staring longingly at my Low End Theory album sleeve.

According to Crawford (god knows where he gets his facts), this was what the track Show Business was meant to sound like.  But the label made them scrap the track (titled Georgie Porgie) and that’s when Tribe went back and re-recorded it as Show Business.

This is definitely one of those, “dear god I wish it wasn’t true” stories.  I have a really hard time believing (even for a moment) that Tribe could do this.  I do understand that at the time of the track, society was a much different place.  Attitudes (and ignorance) about LGBT movement were much different, and the types of stuff Tribe talks about seemed to be much more commonplace.  But that doesn’t make it right.

It hurts the soul, especially when you check out part of Q-Tip‘s verse “You can call me homophobic but I know it and you know it/ you’re filthy and funny to the utmost, never will I do that/ disrespect my mommy/so run and hide the salami”

What kind of wackness is that?

Head over to http://www.tinyurl.com/62wmnc to check out the track.

[Source: It Takes a Nation via Grand Good via ByronCrawford.com]