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Hit the flip for more evidence that these two are definitely a couple, including pics and video from their New Year’s trip to Mexico, along with a closer look at Nicole’s ridonkulous azzets.On June 30, the final day of Pride Month, the young country-rap sensation Lil Nas X came out to his 2.2 million Twitter followers.“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more.I’m looking forward to the day when [more] black queer men are seen.”Over the past couple of years, Ocean’s former Odd Future collaborator, Tyler, the Creator, has transitioned from a bratty provocateur who hurled gay slurs with reckless abandon into a thoughtful confessionalist, one who surprisingly and rather matter-of-factly raps about his own attraction to men. A diverse array of talents such as Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract, Steve Lacy (also formerly affiliated with Odd Future) and Skype Williams have all presented works this year that are freely crafted through a black queer lens.His latest effort, “Igor,” is ostensibly a funky soap opera about a boy who loves a boy who loves a girl. Stop lyin’ to yourself, I know the real you,” he raps. On his “Arizona Baby” album, co-produced by Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift), Abstract reflects on growing up gay and in Corpus Christi at the turn of the millennium. back home ain’t even proud of me,” he raps on album opener “Big Wheels.” “They think I’m a bitch, just queerbaiting.” And on his introspective new album, “Apollo XXI,” Lacy confronts his struggles to accept his bisexuality over groovy guitar riffs.This album represents sexual freedom and liberation for me,” Tyler, the Creator (left) and Steve Lacy emerged as members of the Odd Future collective.Their latest works both explore same-sex attraction, with Lacy wrestling with his bisexuality on “Apollo XXI” and Tyler using “Igor” to explore a fraught love triangle between the boy he’s infatuated with and their girlfriend.But this is still a genre that has never been supportive of change.”Before the viral sensation of “Old Town Road” turned Hill into a pop star and gay icon, hip-hop was already reaching a turning point in its inclusivity, as more young black men exploring sexuality and interrogating masculinity in their work are getting mainstream attention.“I feel like I’m opening the doors for more people,” Hill told the BBC recently. In fact, an entire lexicon dedicated to pointing out discomfort with gay men has permeated rap lyrics.Slang such as “sus” and “No homo” and “Pause” that use queerness as a punchline have been thrown around casually for years.

“We’ve gotten used to seeing white queer men become megastars.

“But male representation is moving in the right direction,” he continued. I think when people in political power are [threatening] our basic rights, art and music gets more interesting.”It helps that the streaming era has disrupted how stars are created.

Artists are no longer beholden to an ecosystem ruled by gatekeepers and pop music has gotten far less homogenized.

But as the old guard has been replaced with a younger generation unconcerned with rigid labels and unbothered by genre, today’s rap and R&B scene isn’t as exclusively heteronormative as it once was.“We know folks in our community have always been religiously conservative, and being gay is still seen as taboo,” said Ebro Darden, the global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B for Apple Music and host of “Ebro in the Morning” on New York’s Hot 97 radio station.

“But with entertainment becoming more accepting, music is going to be right there.

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