The rapper posted a photo on Instagram of a group of African American boys, all dressed in tuxedos, posing for a photo with a friend of Hussle. He commented in the caption that this photo showed a different image of black men and boys than normally appears in the media. However, he expressed that in a way that got a lot of people upset.
“Demonstration speaks louder than Conversation. They gone feed us every image of our men and boys but this one,” he wrote. “No hyper violent…No homo sexual…No abandoners….JUS STRONG BLAC MEN AND YOUNG Men. RESPECT TO MY BIG HOMIE @bigu1 for Leading with love and intelligence. GOD IS WITH US WHO CAN GO AGAINST US 💪🏾”
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His lumping in of homosexuality with violence and other negative characteristics attributed to black men and boys by the media upset many, including noted activist DeRay McKesson.
In a Twitter thread, McKesson criticized Hussle's “homophobia,” saying that the rapper was claiming that “strength is elusive to gay black men.”
“How does who I love change my ability to wield and/or challenge power?” he wrote. “To many, gay black men… are tools, objects to be used for a purpose. But they are not peers, people equally worthy of respect.”
.@NipseyHussle’s homophobia is more common than one would hope. In his comments are the idea that to be a gay black man means that one cannot be strong — that strength is elusive to gay black men.
Hussle responded to criticism from McKesson and others on Twitter by saying that he didn't have to be “politically correct.” “I don't look down on gay people,” he continued. “I take issue with the larger agenda… And my conclusion is there is AN AGENDA.”
I ain’t gotta be politically correct becuae I ain’t standing on Nobody else’s platform…I believe in LOVE and acceptance but u ain’t gone piss on my head and tell me it’s raining….NONE. I see Whas going on. Y’all should too. #VictoryLap 2.16.18 tho 🏁
I don’t look down on gay people I love all Gods children foreal. I take issue with the larger agenda.and I’m VERY WELL INFORMED contrary to my appearance. And my conclusion is there’s AN AGENDA…we can go fact for fact and get u some understanding if you’d like. If not God bless https://t.co/DvewsKGojS
“I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: 'Show me somethin' natural like ass with some stretch marks.' I love that because it's not 'Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.' I can't listen to that anymore,” she explained. “That's what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock'—I am so not that.”
Cyrus, however, wants the world to know she has nothing but love for hip-hop.
This weekend, the singer went to Instagram to defend her comments and to explain which variety of rap she still enjoys. “I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country , pop , alternative …. but in this particular interview I was asked about rap),” she wrote. “I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop […] At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap.”
But while LeBron might be the biggest Kendrick fan in the NBA, he’s obviously not the only Kendrick fan. On Thursday night, there were no NBA games scheduled for the first time since Thanksgiving following the regular season finales on Wednesday night, and that gave all of the NBA players out there—both those on teams headed home for the summer and those on teams preparing for the playoffs—an opportunity to sit with Kendrick’s latest album for a few hours when it dropped shortly before midnight. And many of them took advantage of their night off by giving Damn a few spins and sharing their reviews of the album on social media.
Here are some of the NBA players who pressed play on Kendrick’s project.
But the good news was that Kendrick announced that fans wouldn’t have to wait very long for his new album to drop. He set the release date for it for April 14, and very early Tuesday morning, Kendrick got around to sharing some more details about the album. He shared the title of the album, which is going to be called DAMN., the cover art for the project, and a tracklist for it.
Just this morning, Dillion Francis shared his remix of Steve Angello’s ‘KNAS’. Mr. Francis has been on tour with Angello accompanying, and said that he’s been listening to the well known track a bunch. First he tried speeding it up to 140bpm, infusing some hip hop elements but then jumped the speed up a little more to 160bpm and this is what he came up with. Hard hitting and with a beat that uses the classic ‘KNAS’ sound but at the same time is original in it’s own right.
Take a Listen and here is a message from Dillion himself regarding his new track coming out Feb. 11th.
“SOOOO IN HONOR OF MY NEW SINGLE W/ DJ SNAKE “GET LOW” THATSCOMING OUT ON FEB 11th I GIVE YOU MY KNAS REMIX FOR FREE. THANKS FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT I HOPE YOU DIG THIS TRACK AND BUY “GET LOW” WHEN IT COMES OUT” – DF