Rapper Lil B Goes "Gay"
Hip-hop aficionados were left dumbfounded when heterosexual MC Lil B announced that his forthcoming album was to be called "I'm Gay." The Oakland rapper's announcement, made during his performance at the 2011 Coachella festival, came days after Hot 97 DJ Mr. Cee was controversially arrested for lewd conduct with another man. "No matter what you do, it doesn't matter," said Lil B. "We only have one life to live. Be happy. F*ck the hating, baby." After months of receiving death threats, Lil B stuck with the title -- although the album cover shows the title to be "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)." Diluted message or not, Lil B's stand for individuality is an admirable and a potentially groundbreaking move that is bringing the discussion gay issues into the largely homophobic world of hip-hop.-- Erika Ramirez