Gay rapper Fly Young Red has been signed to the record label of one of hip hop’s biggest stars in a sign of growing acceptance of gays and lesbians participating in the genre.
Fly Young Red has signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) label after releasing his debut single Throw That Boy ‘P*ssy.’
The song exploded on the internet, going viral, with over 650,000 people watching the video clip for it on YouTube in the weeks since its 18 March release.
24HourHipHop asked Lil Wayne if he had reservations about signing a gay artist who used such explicit lyrics and he replied that it was the talent of the artist that mattered to him not their sexual orientation.
‘Good music is good music,' Lil Wayne said.
'Gay, straight, black, white, blue, or purple. Good music is just good music. Have you ever been in the club when that joint came on? N*****s go crazy when that drop. I had to make him YMCMB.
Fly Young Red recently spoke to the Huffington Post about his thinking about the song and the video – which mostly consists of him rapping while a group of men twerk near his head.
‘I decided to make this video for lots of reasons,’ Fly Young Red said.
‘When I go to gay clubs and I look around I see a lot of gay guys dancing to songs that are made by straight rappers talking about females.
‘I think females are beautiful I but I don’t find them sexually attractive. I like gay guys, so I made a song for gay guys to enjoy and dance to. I made it to play at gay clubs.
Fly Young Red said that he had not had an agenda behind writing the song and hadn’t expected the attention it had received.
‘I never wanted this song on the radio at all — I’m not trying to push a gay agenda on the African American race or turn young black youth gay. This music is not for either of them. All I wanted to do was make a song for the gay people that like hip hop to dance to. That's it.’