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This Very Famous Rapper Says It's Time to End Homophobia in Hip Hop

Lil B says his new album, I'm Gay, is all about his love for the gay community, and people in general.

Bay area rapper Lil B put himself on the map by signing up for more than 100 Myspace accounts and then filling them with copious amounts of his independently produced hip-hop music. He's since gone on to create a prolific mixtape career, the fruits of which led Slate writer Jonah Weiner to call B a "brilliantly warped, post-Lil-Wayne deconstructionist from the Bay Area." In short, the 21-year-old is already huge, and he's got a lot to lose if he makes some bad career choices. Which is why you might be surprised by B's new album title: I'm Gay.

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Is It OK to Say "Gay"?

If "gay" can mean both "homosexual" and "lame," does it make us homophobic to use it for the latter? A discussion of a controversial word.

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Exploring the different meanings of a controversial word.

The word “gay” is everywhere you look these days. Gay activists support gay rights such as gay marriage, while gay-bashers protest all things gay, including the gayby boom. There’s also been a rash of suicides involving gay youngsters who were bullied—which is perhaps why the trailer for The Dilemma caught major flak. In it, Vince Vaughn says: “Ladies and gentleman, electric cars ... are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but, you know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

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