Gay rappers are certainly having their moment, and while it may be too early to throw trophies their way, these pioneering artists definitely deserve recognition for busting through hip hop’s glass closet. Zebra Katz (above) leads the pack—in my book at least—with his simmering, insidiously infectious “Ima Read,” featuring Njena Redd Foxx. The track heralds a new brand of dark, lo-fi hip hop. Meanwhile, you couldn’t read a music blog this year without encountering Le1f or Mykki Blanco (below).
Mykki Blanco, “Wavvy”