Monday, Feb 20, 2012 11:21PM
EPMD’s Erick Sermon has shared his thoughts on hip-hop’s issues with the homosexual community and why he never thinks there will be an openly gay emcee.
Along with hip-hop artists, Sermon said he feels gay professional athletes will likely not come out either.
“No. It’s the same about when you talk about sports players, too. We don’t know if that’s going to ever happen because that’s like a curse to be in sports and to be gay and be in hip-hop and be gay. You can’t be on a basketball team, a football team and be homo and be rapping like, ‘Yo, yo.’ N*ggas will kill you.” (Vlad TV)
In 2009, Sermon spoke on media personality Wendy Williams suggesting he was possibly gay.
“My friends would be like, ‘Yo Erick, why don’t you go tell ‘em about X, Y and Z,’” Sermon explained in an interview. “But I figured who knew me too, not trying to big up myself, but there’s not one chick in New York that can say, ‘Yeah, I talked to Erick’ or ‘I was with Sermon’ no matter how bad they was — either I was with ‘em or my boys was with ‘em. So I would think nobody would believe that neither. Not from the type of action that we was involved in. Don’t forget, back then there wasn’t that many famous people like it is now… I was massive. I was doing whatever at the time. When they heard that, it started getting out of hand because it started doing more than me. Six, seven rappers and nine rappers and then you start hearing more names and I start thinking, listen, this is [Wendy's] gimmick. That’s what made her famous. People took to that. It’s all hatred. I never got one person in the street came to me and ask me that question. My name just stuck out at the time because I was it. Nobody really believed that.” (Hip Hop Gossip Site)
Williams also mentioned rumored lists of gay rappers during her radio broadcasts back in the day.
For Wendy, everything was going well, and then in a moment it changed. In 1998, Hot 97 ignominiously booted her. There were reports that Wendy had been in a fistfight with another female D.J. (untrue, says Wendy). Certainly she had energized enemies. “Did Puffy have a hand in it? It is my belief,” she says. At Hot 97, Wendy liked to insinuate that certain rappers, despite their macho posturings, were gay. (Now she’s more subtle. Say a celebrity’s name. Then ask “How you doin’?” in a low, seductive voice. That’s the code.) Puffy was among those who came in for some innuendo. (So had Tupac.) (New York Magazine)
Last week, Harlem rap newcomer A$ AP Rocky offered his take on the topic of hip-hop and homophobia.
“I don’t give a f*ck about your business,” ASAP Rocky said in an interview. “Man, if you’re gay we can be friends. If you’re straight, we can be friends. I’m not gay, I don’t plan on being gay, I don’t condone it and I’m not sayin’ I’m against it. I really don’t give a f*ck and I don’t think anyone should care about what another man’s preference is… unless he’s interested, if you know what I’m sayin’ … Who gives a f*ck? — I like women. I love women. I’m not going to not be your friend because you like men. As long as you’re a great person and, aside from that, y’know, you don’t bother me and make me uncomfortable, then let’s be friends, dude. It doesn’t matter. You don’t see people for being gay. People need to leave gay people the f*ck alone. Like, who cares? If you still care about sh*t like that you need to just hang yourself like the rest of them KKK motherf*ckers. For real. Who gives a f*ck?” (Spinner)
Check out Erick Sermon’s interview below:
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