A Tribe Called Homophobic: The Most Anti-Gay Rap Song Ever…EVER
Having said that, I’m reminded of an experience I had recently.
I went to see a cool documentary, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”. This flick, directed by actor Michael Rapaport, follows what may be the last collective tour by the group and gives a history on their origins. I became nostalgic as I heard the back-stories of some of my favorite songs growing up.
Now I have to question my love for this band, which is tough after seeing them in that great documentary. Can we separate one song from the whole discography? Or is it really not that big of a deal?
To be fair, the group members were probably around 19-21 years old when they recorded the song…does that make any difference? Is this just an accurate reflection of life for young black men in NYC back in the 90’s?
Were they just commenting on the “down low” issue from their own young point of view?
However, if this were a 20-year-old Eminem that went through the entire process of writing and recording an anti-niggers song, would we still be accepting? Even after an apology?
I’m still wrestling with this one. What does that say about me and my self respect as a gay man?
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