Le1f, Rapper Wunderkind, Waxed Truth On Homophobic Attack

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Hold the unicorn, y'all. There is a rumbling in the rap world that has it feeling like pre-2012. Basically, for the sake of getting too light in these here loafers, Lord Jamar, a member of Brand Nubian, has some deep-seated emotions toward the queer tip rap has been on. "In order to preserve a culture, there are certain guidelines and boundaries that have to be there," Jamar said, referring to Kanye West's skirtgate from 2012, while being interviewed for VladTV, a hip-hop themed YouTube channel.
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It is West, he believes, that has opened the floodgates for more rappers to break the "gangster" mold and express themselves in other, more personal ways. One rapper, New York-based Le1f, a self-identified gay man, has fallen under Jamar's judgmental eye. And, not just because his style strays from the norm.
Le1f recently performed on Letterman, prompting Jamar, the self-proclaimed "hip-hop conservative," to Tweet, "[sic] THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNIN." The beginning he's likely referring to is the age of "queer" rap — a term Le1f has many feelings toward. And, instead of letting Jamar's comment float away into the ether, he's firing back.
"Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority?" he wrote in an open-letter of sorts on Facebook. "If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies." It's a rather polite addition to a conversation still in its infant stages. Luckily, minds like Le1f's are vocal enough to sound off when the moment is right.
Now, to wax a little poetic on Le1f's first single: What it do, Lord Jamar. What it don't. (Dazed Digital)
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