SOHH Whatcha Think: West Coast Rapper Drops Controversial New Video

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 9:45AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

Cali rapper Murs is making headlines here and there over his latest video. In the song, "Animal Style" the rapper tackles a topic that has been a subject of much discourse lately: Homosexuality in the urban community.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Unless you've been under a rock for the past couple weeks, you know singer Frank Ocean brought the controversial issue back to music's forefront by revealing that he, in fact, was gay shortly before releasing his critically acclaimed Def Jam debut, Channel Orange. While Murs isn't claiming to be gay, his video does feature a pair of inner city cats battling with their feelings for each other while contemplating the social/religious implications of their affair.

A new video has California rapper Murs wearing a "Legalize Gay" shirt and kissing another man, but ending in a murder-suicide intended to call out homophobia. In a video for "Animal Style," Murs takes on the role of Roderick, a closeted high school student who hangs with a homophobic crowd. He's in a secret relationship with Jonathan, another high school student. "Boyfriend Roderick kept his secret closeted, Scared to come out into this world of zero tolerance," Murs raps. "Wanted Roderick to follow him, He see him in the halls but Rod would never acknowledge him."(Advocate)

Prior to Frank's revelation and Murs' latest vid, notable personalities such as Jay-Z and Will Smith have pledged their support for gay marriage as President Obama announced he was in favor of same sex marriage.

Murs' gay awareness clip in hip-hop comes after the time fellow rapper Frank Ocean came out to say he's been in love with a man. The Advocate further reports that rappers Jay-Z and Will Smith both voiced their support for marriage equality after President Barack Obama let America know his pro stance on the topic. In the "Animal Style" video, Murs wears a "legalize gay" t-shirt.(TheCelebrityCafe)

Many popular names in the hip hop and R&B world, including Erykah Badu and members of the rap coalition Slaughterhouse have come forward to express their support of Ocean. Rap has long been a harsh critic of same sex couples, but have the events of the past few months helped to make homosexuality more acceptable within the realm of urban music?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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