Perhaps his attitude to women hasn’t changed so radically. What about homosexuality? “I don’t have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies.” He looks round the room and laughs. “Yeah, for real. People who were gay used to get beat up. It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the 90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life. Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black.”
He recently spoke out in support of gay marriage in America. Does he think that Frank Ocean coming out is a sign of progress in the rap world? “Frank Ocean ain’t no rapper. He’s a singer. It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. It’s like a football team. You can’t be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, man, I like you.’ You know, that’s going to be tough.”
He inadvertently touches on another big problem in hip hop: that the vast majority of rappers are male. There are lots of really talented female hip hop artists, but very few get anywhere near the attention that male artists get, and when they do it is often much more critical than the attention lavished on their male counterparts. It is frustrating that mainstream hip hop seems willing to change its views on gay rappers, but only as long as those rappers stay men.
And that’s skipping over the fact that being gay doesn’t make you any less masculine. I appreciate that Snoop feels comfortable supporting marriage equality, but gay rights don’t stop at marriage.
Also, way to come out and say this after a majority of Americans have already decided to support same-sex marriage. That’s gutsy.