In a recent New Yorker profile, former Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar took shots at Kanye West and openly gay rapper Le1f for straying from the genre’s macho roots. Le1f, you may remember, made his network TV debut on Letterman last month wearing a kilt. “This started with the alpha males. And now it’s being given to the beta males to try to flex their shit,” Jamar said.
Le1f responded on his Facebook page:
dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.
It’s a perfect response. Read more over at the Fader.