The Freaky Boiz: Openly gay rap duo becomes Internet sensation
The hip-hop community is largely dominated by heterosexual men who boast about their sexual conquests with women and their aggressive stereotypically masculine worldview. This is something that isn’t new to the genre, but it doesn’t leave much room for a new point of view in the art of rap storytelling. With the buzz growing around openly gay rap duo, The Freaky Boiz, though, old school hip-hop heads may have start becoming more open-minded.
Chicago natives Terrance ‘TTgoIt’ Wilson and Pierre ‘Prince Charming’ Phipps met and became friends while pursuing degrees at Southern Illinois University. After discovering a mutual love for hip-hop they began posting videos of them free-styling over some of the hottest rap singles.
“Girlz Be Gagging,” their interpretation of Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge,” is a provocative, raunchy track filled with tales of sex and debauchery. While indie gay rap has been around for years, their music began to circulate over YouTube with a variety of different reactions.
Comments on their songs range from congratulatory, for embracing their sexuality through funny and clever lyrics, to hostile. Some critics condemn them for portraying gay black men as being promiscuous and overly sexual. The Freaky Boiz don’t seem to mind because they embrace the controversy and continue to make provocative music.
They are also not the first LGBT rappers to refuse to shy away from their sexuality. The gender-bending, southern phenomenon “Sissy Bounce” originated in New Orleans and has crossed over in a big way — receiving coverage from mainstream outlets like the New York Times.
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