Queer Politics and Hip-Hop

There is a tendency, particularly on the part of people who say things like "real hip hop", to place hip hop on a pedestal, to think that it exists somehow outside or beyond the rest of popular culture.  These are the same people who seek to make a division between a Tupac and a Young Thug without seeing the irony in that.  The fact is that the issues that are pervasive in popular culture extend to hip hop as well.  In this article we'll be focusing on homophobia and transphobia.

Who is Lil Ugly Mane?

Richmond native Travis Gustavo Miller, AKA Shawn Kemp, AKA Lil Ugly Mane, AKA Bedwetter, is one of the most interesting and mysterious figures in the underground hip-hop scene, with co-signs from Denzel Curry, SpaceGhostPurpp, and Earl Sweatshirt, who, in a 2012 interview with Beats TV, said Lil Ugly Mane’s “THROW DEM GUNZ” was one of his 5 favorite songs (BeatsTV)