More Than Rap: Gay Rights

By Danielle Cramberg

Rapper Macklemore wrote a song titled “Same Love” that advocates for his audience that is either gay or supportive of gay rights.

“If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me.. Have you read the Youtube comments lately?”

He addresses the negative attitude toward homosexuals in society, especially in the hip-hop culture. He mentions how often straight rappers use the term gay as an insult in their lyrics.

“‘God loves all his children’ is somehow forgotten,” and “When I was at church, they taught me something else.. If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed, that holy water that you soak in has been poisoned.”

He also calls to light how religion is often seen as a justification for treating homosexuals like less than equals. People argue that the bible preaches against homosexuality, but others argue that people just misinterpret an outdated literature.

“No freedom ’til we’re equal, damn right I support it.”

Macklemore finishes his third verse by declaring his outright support of gay rights, showing the controversial and open-minded nature of his lyrics.

Openly gay rappers are not common in the hip hop world, the only famous and openly gay rapper being Frank Ocean. Maybe with the continuation of enlightened songs and open minded lyrics, more rappers can feel accepted in their own culture.

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