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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Democracy & Hip-Hop Project on "sissy rappers"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 1:30 AM

The Democracy & Hip Hop Project took note of Alison Fensterstock's cover story in last week's Gambit on "sissy rappers" and chimed in with some thoughts:

D&HHP doesn’t necessarily endorse the views of the Gambit Weekly article but wanted to repost it here because it points to some of the social realities reflected in hip-hop and it opens the door for considering a more complex relationship than most debates about gender and sexuality in hip-hop allow.

The main point of the article is this: For the past 10 years or so, New Orleans has been home to a vibrant culture of sissy rappers and bounce music that is not only publicly but also unapologetically queer in lyrical content, image, and style. Despite a relatively high level of success, bounce fans and club-goers express contradictory feelings about sissy rappers – some like their music, some hate it, some don’t care about the sexuality or gender of the MC, some don’t want their kids to hear this music, some just like it cuz it gets the ladies dancing, etc.

What becomes clear from the interviews in the article is that hip-hop is not inherently homophobic but rather it reflects the tensions within our own communities where people are at times violently homophobic and other times stand in solidarity with queer folks against such violence....

It's an interesting breakdown on a complicated and very New Orleanian subject -- read it.

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