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Sunday 20 April 2014

Snoop: Hip-hop is more accepting

Snoop Dogg thinks the rap world has become more open-minded

Snoop Dogg thinks hip-hop culture is becoming more accepting and less homophobic.

Anti-gay sentiments and misogyny have long been a part of the hip-hop and rap culture, but Frank Ocean - an R&B singer who has collaborated with some of music's top hip-hop acts from Jay-Z to Kanye West - came out on his blog last month, and Snoop thinks it is a sign of change.

Snoop said: "People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they're different."

Snoop said of Ocean's revelation: "When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that. There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

Meanwhile, rapper Ice-T said he could see a gay rapper on the scene, depending on what kind of rap he or she performed.

He said: "I've done hardcore hip-hop in my life where masculinity is at a premium. At this moment right now, we're in the world of pop-rap and it doesn't really matter right now. These guys are singing, it's pop music and being in pop and gay is OK.

"It would be difficult to listen to a gay gangster rapper... If you're a gangster rapper like myself and Ice Cube... if one of us came out and said something, that would be a big thing. That would be like, 'Whoa! What?'"

Snoop added: "There might be some openly gay rappers in hip-hop that (are) having success - for real. You never know. There might be some(one) right now that hasn't pulled a Frank Ocean yet, that hasn't jumped out of the closet to the living room to make that announcement."

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