Rapper Snoop Dogg, who is going by the stage name of Snoop Lion these days, thinks the music world is ready for an openly gay rapper.
It would be a major step for a music genre where anti-gay epithets and sentiments had been largely accepted.
'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 tells the Associated Press.
Snoop credits R&B singer Frank Ocean for paving the way. Ocean, who came out publicly this year, has often collaborated with hip hop acts including Jay-Z, Andre 3000 and Kanye West.
'When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that,' he said of Ocean’s coming out. '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.'
'There might be some openly gay rappers in hip-hop that’s having success — for real. You never know,' Snoop adds. '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.'