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While Lil Nas X is currently reaping the success and financial benefits by ruffling the feathers of faux Christians over his sexuality via his recent Montero (Call Me By Your Name) music video, another artist named ILoveMakonnen is opening up about his own issues regarding being a queer artist.

He took to Twitter to reveal how coming out as an openly gay artist has affected his career.

Check out his series of Tweets below…

Why they love leaving me out of the 2014-2015 music talks now days, the shade the blogger girls and music sites be giving!!! Honey! Was I not there?? — Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 2, 2021
Is it cus I came out as gay? Since I came out as gay everyone has tried to discredit my music talents and originality and influence. I know y’all ashamed to say u was on a gay mans dick, but just keep it 100 since everyone so real nowadays — Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 2, 2021
For people to think I came out as gay for promo is beyond me. Like there was no album. No nothing. U think im tryna get support in a homophobic environment for promo. Lol the game so fucked up. It was quite the opposite. I knew it would piss people off. But it was needed — Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 2, 2021
It’s really crazy how hip hop loves fashion brands made by gay men but get upset when someone in hip hop comes out as gay. Make it make sense. U confusing yourself. — Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 2, 2021
rappers be feeling confident bragging about being in gay designer brands and buying their so called girlfriend gay designer handbags but u don’t fuck with music made by a gay man cus why? — Non-Fungible Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) April 2, 2021

Out hip hop has gotten better over the years, and if you listen to shows from LGBT Underground, Yo LGBT Raps and The Weekly Top 40 there is a lot of amazing queer hip hop talent. I personally am not familiar with ILoveMakonnen’s music, but I have noticed while the mainstream isn’t really pushing queer talent besides Lil Nas X and Young MA, there is a lot of buzz regarding queer talent in the underground music scene.

I say instead of waiting for the mainstream to acknowledge artists like Cakes da Killa, IKP, Ripperachie, Nor Kinforlife, Medino Green, and too many to mention here, we need to create our own lane where we push the boundaries of Out QPOC hip hop until the mainstream notices, and jumps on the bandwagon two decades too late.

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