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Tyler, the Creator and Lil B are the latest rappers to be accused of homophobia, but the attention their lyrics attracts suggests attitudes in hip-hop are slowly changing.

Dan Gould
  • 9 may 2011



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This article titled “Is hip-hop homophobia at a tipping point?” was written by Alex Macpherson, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 9th May 2011 14.36 UTC

On the surface, the attitudes of LA collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All and fellow Golden State compadre Lil B are polar opposites. The former trade in an adolescent misanthropy heavily flavoured with violent misogyny and homophobic slurs – to such an extent that even in a genre no stranger to either, the frequency with which Odd Future lean on the shock value of lines such as “Rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome” and use of the word “faggot” is notable.

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