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Homophobic Rapper Sparks Outcry From Hip-Hop Community
In a recent interview with music site All Hip-Hop about his new album appropriately titled The Villian, rapper Trick Trick unleashed a hate-filled tirade on the gay and lesbian community.
Throughout the interview the rapper repeatedly refers to the gay community using derogatory slurs and demanded that gay people not purchase his album.
Trick Trick, who is a close friend and long-time collaborator with controversial rapper Eminem, told All Hip-Hop:
"I'm-a go on the record right now with this. Homosexuals are probably not gonna like this album. I don't want your f**got money any goddamn way. I don't like it [homosexuality]. Carry that s**t somewhere else."
According to All Hip-Hop, "The Villain", contains a wide range of homophobic and vitriolic lyrics.
On the self-titled album track called "Trick Trick" the incendiary rapper refers to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell, both gay activists, as "d*ke b**ches" promising to send a "scud missile through their f**king cruise ship." He also uses his sophomore album to advocate for the murdering and burning of gay men.
Trick Trick's verbal assault has led to a huge response from the gay and lesbian hip-hop community and demands for a boycott of the artist and music label Koch Records.
Los Angeles-based gay rapper and actor Deadlee told All Hip-Hop:
"Obama was called a terrorist, unpatriotic, and the entire time kept his cool, I so wish I was like that. There is still a lot of hate against gays, and Trick Trick just perpetuates the hate."
Relatively unknown in major hip-hop circles, Trick Trick's comments were perceived by many to be a publicity stunt and did not seem to be provoked by any particular incident.
"The Villain," which has been poorly received by critics, is Trick Trick's Koch debut. Its 2005 predecessor, "The People Vs.," was released by Motown and sold only 59,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Melange Lavonne, a Palm Springs-based rapper who will host an upcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Hip-Hop Reality Show titled Urban Raiders said:
"Trick Trick can spew all the hate he wants, but gays are no longer perceived as punks, sissies or wimps. We are fighting for equality and if that means that our life is on the line than so be it."
Hip-Hop blogger Khalil Amani added:
"Hip-Hop is for all people! Hip-Hop is about those who were voiceless. Hip-Hop is about speaking your truth, regardless of race, class, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Trick Trick's comments are the furthest thing from hip-hop."