During his performance over the weekend at the Coachella festival, rapper Lil B decided it was a good time to reveal the name of his upcoming album, which he has chosen to entitle “I’m Gay.”
Not referring to his lifestyle, the “Angels Prayer” rapper explained that the album title is a statement to do with the lack of the power of words.
XXLMag.com got in touch with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to seek their thoughts on the matter. A spokesperson for the organization disagreed with Lil B and explained:
“As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way.”
The site also made contact with Talib Kweli to get his point of view on the issue.
Kweli said: “I’m happy to see young hip-hop heads move [away from] homophobia. Regardless of what your stance is on gay people, homophobia or the act and practice of it is extra wack.”
The question still stands: What was Lil B’s intention?