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A change is gonna come

Rap music is known for it’s heteronormative and hyper-sexual image. Rappers are not shy in showing off their economic success, to say the least. We’re all too familiar with the videoclips filled with women crawling over and under each other in sexy lingerie.
A change is gonna come

Rap music is known for it’s heteronormative and hyper-sexual image. Rappers are not shy in showing off their economic success, to say the least. We’re all too familiar with the videoclips filled with women crawling over and under each other in sexy lingerie. Most of the times the rapper is shown as if he’s the center of the universe; a sort of God. It has become a world that a lot of boys are growing up with and maybe even dream to become a part of. The past decade this gangster- world was mostly about showing off with your possessions and be the most hyper-masculine alpha male you could possibly be. Lyrics to the songs mostly vary from get money, get bitches and die young. But as there are new times at the horizon it seems that some rappers are trying to change the game. A few years back in 2012 when rapper Frank Ocean released his album ‘Channel Orange’, media couldn’t stop writing about it. “Ocean is preoccupied with wealth, drugs and sex, but instead of toasting his newfound fame and its spoils, the singer pulls at the thread of their existence, and paws at the idea of love and its place in between all of the shiny material”, wrote music platform Billboard.

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Next to the fact that his music was a breath of fresh air and that he was singing about loneliness, religion and mental health, Ocean never hid the fact that he’s gay. Which is worth to note because this was quite a thing given the heteronormative atmosphere he’s making his music in. Tupac, Biggie, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg; not in a thousand years would hear them rap about Forrest Gump, but Frank Ocean decided to dedicate a whole song to this movie.

“I know you Forrest I know you wouldn't hurt a beetle But you're so buff, and so strong I'm nervous Forrest Forrest Gump My fingertips, and my lips, they burn From the cigarettes Forrest Gump you run my mind boy Running on my mind boy Forrest Gump”