News: Erick Sermon Addresses Gay Rumors, "It Started Getting Out Of Hand" [Video]
Friday, Oct 9, 2009 12:20PM
EPMD's Erick Sermon has spoken on past speculation about his sexuality from media personalities including Wendy Williams.
Sharing his reaction to the gossip, Sermon explained why his name was mentioned as a possible homosexual rapper in recent years.
"My friends would be like, 'Yo Erick, why don't you go tell 'em about X, Y and Z,'" Sermon explained in an interview. "But I figured who knew me too, not trying to big up myself, but there's not one chick in New York that can say, 'Yeah, I talked to Erick' or 'I was with Sermon' no matter how bad they was -- either I was with 'em or my boys was with 'em. So I would think nobody would believe that neither. Not from the type of action that we was involved in. Don't forget, back then there wasn't that many famous people like it is now... I was massive. I was doing whatever at the time. When they heard that, it started getting out of hand because it started doing more than me. Six, seven rappers and nine rappers and then you start hearing more names and I start thinking, listen, this is [Wendy's] gimmick. That's what made her famous. People took to that. It's all hatred. I never got one person in the street came to me and ask me that question. My name just stuck out at the time because I was it. Nobody really believed that." (Hip Hop Gossip Site)
Williams also mentioned rumored "lists" of gay rappers during radio broadcasts in the past.
For Wendy, everything was going well, and then in a moment it changed. In 1998, Hot 97 ignominiously booted her. There were reports that Wendy had been in a fistfight with another female D.J. (untrue, says Wendy). Certainly she had energized enemies. "Did Puffy have a hand in it? It is my belief," she says. At Hot 97, Wendy liked to insinuate that certain rappers, despite their macho posturings, were gay. (Now she's more subtle. Say a celebrity's name. Then ask "How you doin'?" in a low, seductive voice. That's the code.) Puffy was among those who came in for some innuendo. (So had Tupac.) (New York Magazine)
CNN's Nore recently spoke on the presence of homosexual rappers in hip-hop and revealed having worked with at least one in the past.
"The gay community is here," Nore said in an interview. "It's not secretive. When you're in the industry and the minute you make a certain amount of money, you cannot avoid it...And the craziest thing in the world is you get used to it...They don't bother you, son, most gay men don't like straight guys...I have recorded, not with people who are openly gay, but people who are closet gays. I've got songs, you know, Google it. I'm positive I have worked with a gay rapper. I didn't know [beforehand] but when I found out, I didn't jump off a diving board into a pool full of sharks. It is what it is...I'm sure my sexuality messing with b*tches does not make them mad...There is [a successful gay rapper out now] and he won't get me to say the name. Once he's a success story to the point where he can't be stopped, then yeah, he's gonna come out the closet...It's not a big secret, everybody is gonna be like, 'Oh yeah, I knew that.'" (Vlad TV)
50 Cent retracted comments he jokingly made toward Kanye West and Lady Gaga's canceled Fame Kills tour being gay earlier this month.
"During an interview with Angie Martinez yesterday, certain comments I made were taken entirely out of context. When I referred to the Lady Gaga tour as the "gay tour" I was basically repeating what I thought she had referred to the tour in the past. It was not my intention to offend anyone. I don't have a problem with anyone's lifestyle and have no issue with Lady Gaga, she makes great music." (Statement)
Check out Erick Sermon's interview below: