Never one to shy away from controversy, Lil B continues to turn heads with the title of his forthcoming album, I’m Gay. While revealing the disc’s name during his performance over the weekend at Coachella, he explained that the statement doesn’t refer to his lifestyle; instead it has to do with the power – or lack thereof – of words. XXLMag.com reached out to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, to get their opinion.
“As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter,” a spokesperson for the organization said. “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.”
Earlier today (April 17), we spoke to other artists to find out their reactions to the news. Despite B’s intention (which is still not completely clear), Talib Kweli pointed out that this signifies one aspect of rap culture that is moving in the right direction. “I’m happy to see young hip-hop heads move [away from] homophobia,” he told XXL. “Regardless of what your stance is on gay people, homophobia or the act and practice of it is extra wack.” —Jesse Gissen