Surprisingly, Game’s responses to the questions were generally constructive. As a rapper who had once made several seemingly homophobic remarks on Twitter, Game’s thoughts on the matter are far different from what many would have expected.
Personally, I sense that it will be a long time before openly gay men are accepted in Urban music, especially in Hip-Hop. As a markedly hypermasculine arena, gay culture is still widely marginalised and not accepted as part of the normative heteronormative structures.
Indeed, as Game stated in this interview (at the 2:25 mark), closeted gay rappers pretend to “love girls and live the rap lifestyle”. Hence, he inadvertently highlighted that being gay is not reflective of Hip-Hop ideologies.
Thus, as the music industry continues to develop and the gay lifestyle is slowly being accepted into the fabric of popular culture, there are still several strides that have to be made before Hip-Hop welcomes openly gay men. Until that time we will just pretend that several of our favourite rappers are straight but I’m not one to gossip.