Homophobia in hip-hop isn’t a new concept by any means, but the most overt forms of it, like using homophobic slurs in lyrics or during a show, are less common than they used to be. That’s why it stands out when someone does so nowadays, and grabs our attention even more when it’s a rapper from Atlanta.
Enter Rich Homie Quan, best known for his 2013 hit “Type of Way” (120 million views on YouTube), which led the New York Times to call him “part of Atlanta’s rising generation of rappers — think Future, Young Thug, Young Scooter — who deliver lines with melody and heart, like singers on the verge of a breakdown.”
The description appeared to be proved accurate as Quan had a bit of a breakdown at his show in Tallahassee on Wednesday night after a male member of the audience apparently reached out to touch him.
Yes he called out fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug, who Rolling Stone called “hip-hop’s new crown prince” and “the most exciting new voice in hip-hop—maybe in all of pop music” in a profile from last December, and who The Guardian called “hip-hop’s next titan” in a profile from this October.
Thug recently shrugged off gay rumors caused by his occasionally flamboyant fashion choices and by captioning an Instagram picture of him and another man with “My bay!” He responded about the Rich Homie Quan incident on Twitter.