Published Apr 18, 2011Considering the sheer volume of material that indie rapper Lil B has delivered, it didn't come as much of a surprise when he announced a new album this weekend at his performance at Coachella (April 16). What may have shocked some, however, is the upcoming album's title: I'm Gay.
In a video, which you can see below, Lil B explains that the title isn't self-referential -- "I love women," he told the crowd -- but to prove a point about how "words don't mean shit."
"I'm gonna do the most controversial thing in hip-hop," he said before announcing the title. As you can see below, the crowd cheers in approval as the Based God sounds off on intolerance and the origins of the word "gay," with B saying, "You can be whatever you want to be. Don't give a fuck what everybody else thinks."
While it's a generalization that the hip-hop community is historically intolerant when it comes to homosexuality, Lil B is hoping his actions will help remove the stigma from the culture. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) feels the same, but also hopes the rapper's motives are genuine and not just a publicity stunt.
"As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter," a spokesperson for the organization told XXL. "Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B's album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way."
A release date has yet to be announced for I'm Gay, but chances are about 30 mixtapes will drop in the meantime.