Chance the Rapper shows support for his younger brother Taylor Bennett after he comes out as bisexual.
Fellow rapper, Drake collaborator iLoveMakonnen comes out to fans as gay.
In an announcement on Twitter, Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, opened up about his sexuality.
My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues. Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans. I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017 — Taylor Bennett
In response, Chance the Rapper tweeted his support for his brother.
Love this man right here, through any and all. He has grown into a great man. He’s got God and me behind him, he cannot fail he cannot fall. — Chance the Rapper
Two days later Atlanta rapper iLoveMakonnen also took to Twitter to publicly declare his sexuality.
And since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go live yours. Thank you for letting me be myself. — iLoveMakonnen
The Grammy-nominated rapper also wrote on Instagram ‘Thank you for letting me be myself.’
A few years ago statements like these would have been unthinkable in the notoriously homophobic hip-hop community. Artists like Frank Ocean and TV shows like Empire have moved the genre forward.
It is an open secret that within the hyper-masculine world of hip hop there is a gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean exposed this in his book Hiding in Hip Hop, a personal memoir which is one of the most honest looks at stardom and sexuality. Dean writes a compelling story about black gay men in hip-hop, and what it takes for them to make it the entertainment industry. He has also written Mogul, a juicy novel about the down-low life of one of New York’s most beloved hip hop producers.