Le1f has posted the following response to Lord Jamar’s insult on his Facebook page:
Dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.
We previously reported:
Faded 45-year-old rapper Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian is experiencing newfound internet fame as a “hip-hop conservative,” and his newest target is openly gay rapper Le1f and the “feminizing” of the genre.
In a profile in The New Yorker (!), Lord Jamar rails on everything from his stalled career to the exploding popularity of white rappers, but he saves most of his hate for any rappers who don’t fit in with the tightly constructed idea of masculinity that he sees as “real” hip hop.
In an instagram post titled “half a fag,” he criticized a male model walking the runway during fashion week in a skirt, then released a track criticizing Kanye West as “the pioneer of this queer shit.” The profile then references an earlier interview where he went even further with his masc/fem critiques:
“To the average white person, a strong black man is scary. So what do we do? Let’s feminize him, emasculate him, sissify him, to make us feel more comfortable.”
Jamar’s final words on openly gay hip-hopper Le1f? After a video of his recent breakthrough performance on David Letterman was sent to Lord Jamar via twitter from a fan (or provocateur), he responded without missing a beat, tweeting “THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING.”
The beginning of what? Openly gay rappers bold enough to be themselves? Men in hip-hop (and elsewhere) feeling free to break from the constraints of traditional masculinity and express themselves in different ways? We sure hope so.
Otherwise what we’ll be left with is a bunch of 45-year-old rappers walking around in fitted caps, throwing peace signs and partying like it’s 1992.
Besides, if it weren’t for gay rappers, we wouldn’t have our 2014 spring anthem.