Rap has a notorious reputation for homophobia, but is that all starting to change? Rappers like 50 Cent, Game, Fat Joe, and A$AP Rocky have softened their tones of late, just like society at a large. But that assumes that these rappers are steering the ship: after all, deeply-set homophobia has been a major put-off for gay fans for decades, and potentially a starting point for more reactionary lyricism.
Like those of Cocky da Homo MC, aka "The Gay Slim Shady," an out-and-out gay rapper who has no problem dropping grenades on the most venerable of rap legends: Biggy, Tupac, and especially Eminem.
Blasphemy? Depends on the perspective. You see, Cocky blames Eminem's rampantly homophobic lyrics for a nightmarish streak of bullying in high school. Which is why he's more than happy to assume the Shady-based nickname, and deliver some 'gay power' rhymes that are just as powerful as Em's. "I had a shot at being happy back in junior high," Cocky relays. "My only problem was that Eminem got f--king signed. I was bullied and picked on for being gay my entire life."
If you need a primer on Eminem, here's the sort lyricism that Cocky is referring to (taken from the track, 'Criminal').
"My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
That'll stab you in the head
whether you're a fag or lez
Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest
Pants or dress - hate fags? The answer's 'yes'"
"Hey, it's me, Versace
Whoops, somebody shot me!
And I was just checking the mail
Get it? Checking the 'male'?"
Which is why 'The Gay Slim Shady' is hitting back with equally caustic lyrics, expressed by the other team. The just-dropped mixtape, Cockaveli, is unflinchingly gay and raunchy (not that there's anything wrong with that...) That includes lots of fighting words: in 'Givin' Up,' Cocky encourages fellow gays to form violent gangs. And despite hip-hop's violence, Cocky seems completely unafraid of spraying a target list that includes everyone from Soulja Boy, Eminem, Game and even Rick Santorum.
"You know the rapper Game, I know the rapper Game,
I want to take my d--k and stick it up his frame.
I hope he don't complain, cuz that would be insane,
He got a rainbow tat, smack dab across his face...
Kids these days! The just-released mixtape is on DatPiff, here. Cocky is on Yellowson Music, and managed by Justin Schiz of Ozzmak Music Marketing.
bodyroyaldd Friday, June 01, 2012
thank you for sharing...
Visitor Friday, June 01, 2012
This is just a new generation that doesn't give a sh_t what the 40 year old hip hoppers did.
He's also not the first...
MalcolmG Friday, June 01, 2012
This is the gayest thing since Ice Cube's presented Mr. Short Khop and his luvable anthem, "Cock Hound."
"G for Gangsta or G for Gay", a good read: http://fundaminimalist.tumblr.com/post/321785813/lil-wayne-sentenced-to-hard-time-is-that-g-for-gangsta
@johnnyfirecloud Friday, June 01, 2012
Oh come on with this. Being gay is fine. Rock that with flames. But Cocky da Homo MC aka "The Gay Slim Shady"?
@madktc Friday, June 01, 2012
This is not news Paul, its promotion.
t Friday, June 01, 2012
i'm not homophobic but this seems like a gimmick. corny.
RealTalk Friday, June 01, 2012
ok, I understand that this guy is getting promotion because he is gay, but he is a terrible lyricist. He is saying nothing in these quotes except that his is batting for the other team and people hate on him. Worse off, he is biting eminem's phrasing/delivery style completely in order to deliver his message. I am in no way shape or form discriminating because he is gay, I'm just saying he's terrible at rapping, and being gay is not a good reason to be a famous rapper. First, you have to be decent at your craft, otherwise this just makes other "white" rappers that are actually good, look homosexual. It's fine to be a gay rapper, but do it with actual originality and talent. Don't start with the "he was bullied in highschool." EVERYONE gets bullied at some point in school, it's part of the ritual.
Thanks for sharing a new artist, but if you know anything about rap beyond artistic expression, I think you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Listen to someone with lyrical substance, and you'll see what I mean.
Here are some white rappers that deserve some recognition for being talented and original:
Novi Novak, Yellawolf, Machine Gun Kelly.
Visitor Friday, June 01, 2012
i agree with you although had to lol @ the end
yela and and MGK have tons of recognition. have you been reading any magazines or blogs lately?
RealTalk Friday, June 01, 2012
Ya, I know they all have a huge buzz. Rather I am iterating that at least it's deserved and well earned. There's nobody else in the underground "white" rapper game right now that deserves this sort of plug. But ya, reading it back it does seem oddly placed! At least ya laughed instead of face palmed.
q Sunday, June 03, 2012
hey realtalk have you heard Cocky other than whats in these quotes? He actually has some decent lines. BTW the article misquoted one of his lines btw. dont be so quick to judge.
Why Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Never post sh*t like this promoting a nobody again. Idc how much they paid you. Thats a demand not a request. If this was your attempt to demean rap music it didn't work, you just furthered the fact that gays don't fit into rap music. You must be really hungry for things to post and it shows incase you didn't notice. Okay you can go about your day now. Just learn from your actions.
you are a Friday, June 08, 2012
Gay friendly Eminem fan Saturday, June 23, 2012
I am writing because it annoys me when people say Eminem's fans are homophobes and misogynists.
I am a fan of Eminem, and have been for years, and I fully support gay rights and I am against bullying and homophobia. But I do think Eminem was single out for criticism from the gay community giving that homophobia and misogyny runs so deep in Hip Hop culture, maybe for being white, maybe for his popularity, I don't know and I will not point fingers.
The thing is, I am not saying that some of the things he says are "nice",they are not. However you can not just, because it suits you, take Eminem away from context. Eminem was a bullied kid that grew up on a shitty neighborhood, raised by a shitty mom (hell a shitty family, saw an interview with an uncle that said he made sure Marshall knew to stay away from the gays from early age), going to places with people that had a predominantly homophobe culture. Those were the influences that build his character, left scars on his mind and body.A true artists puts themselves on their work. You can not demand from someone with this background to rap about equality, tolerance and peace. He shows what he lived in his music (being beaten to a pulp almost everyday by bullies and hearing the word faggott like it was nothing).This is a guy who had a shitty formative years, and if he was a teen now we would be saying to him "it gets better" and encouraging him to find an out let through art forms. But what I always get from people's criticism of Eminem's lyrics is "you were bullied and had a shitty life, too bad for you. You did not grew up to be a good person, so shut the hell up". Is that really it? You should only get to express your feelings and how bad your life was if you grew up to completelly overcome your shitty upbringing and became a "nice" politically correct person?A lot of the kids we are saying "it gets better" to now are not going to grow up to be completelly well adjusted adults. Those are the lost ones that should be silenced once they become adults?That's hypocrisy. Free speach and the right to express themselves are for everyone, gay or straight.Yes, I understand what Cocky went through and he has all the right to also express himself through rap. But the truth is, the Eminem fans that bully gay kids were homophobes before they were Eminem fans, they would have done it anyway. Blaming Eminem's songs is taking the blame away from the people who trully are to blame. "This kid is not to blame, the problem are the songs he listens to, he would be a nice tolerant person if it wasn't for Shady". Bullsh*t. A song doesn't make anyone do anything, those are people full of hate that are just waiting for a chance to let their anger out, if it wasn't for this reason it would be for the next one. Taking the blame away from them and putting it on songs and celebrities is ridicullous, and gives them a pass. Eminem had the crap beaten out of him by bullies several times, he burns down the bullies in his lyrics, but Eminem doesn't mention the music the bullies listened to.Probably because he knows no matter what the bully was listening to, he would have beat Eminem anyway.