Adair Lion on Overcoming Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Name of Self-Interest

Adair Lion’s video for “Ben” is an intriguing call for hip-hop to mobilize against homophobia, more polemic than banger:

I don’t necessarily think that Kanye is going to feel called to account here. But I think there’s something smart about Lion’s reminder that ““To all the little dudes learnin’ to mack / The hottest girls got a gay in their clique, remember that.” It’s obviously a cliche, but it does send the message that homophobia is not actually going to make you look like a big man, that the people who you want to impressive (mostly girls) are so over your cringing and unfounded cowardice. More of that, please, from people with louder mics.