Gay Rappers Respond To Empire & Homophobia In Hip Hop

Out Rappers Relate To Empire

Empire has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing in new viewers each week to the melodramatic behavior of Hip hop’s fictional first family the Lyons. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the new series isn’t afraid to be controversial in its depiction of gay and bisexual characters in an industry oft-noted for its homophobia. VH1 reached out to several out rappers about whether they think Jamal’s (Jussie Smollett) storyline is grounded in reality and what their experiences have been being a gay person in Hip hop.

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