'No Homo' Makes Hip-Hop Less Homophobic

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
"Cam'ron and the Diplomats are, ironically, among the most homoerotic MCs in rap. They wear pink and purple furs and brag regularly about how good they look," writes Jonah Weiner.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Kanye West was one of the first rappers to say, “Yo, stop it” to homophobic hip-hop artists, and his stance on homosexuality “remains the highest-profile rebuke of gay-bashing that hip-hop has seen,” writes Jonah Weiner for Slate. So why did West use the anti-gay hip-hop phrase “no homo” on a recent Jay-Z single? Weiner argues that this can actually be seen as progress.

“No homo” is “a phrase added to statements in order to rid them of possible homosexual double-entendre,” but its proliferation in recent songs is quite possibly “helping to make hip-hop a gayer place,” Weiner writes. After all, rappers must “actively think up gay double-entendres just so that they can cap them off with no homo kickers.”