As homophobia continues to be an issue in the world of hip hop, up and coming rapper Young Fly Red became a topic of discussion as rumors swirled that the openly gay rapper was signed by Young Money Entertainment. As Bet.com reports on April 10, Red has confirmed that he wasn’t signed by Lil Wayne’s label.
When the rumors first started surfacing and making news, Mack Maine, YMCMB President, dispelled news of the signing as he went to his personal Twitter account to clear things up. He tweeted, “I don’t know if this is a publicity stunt but we (YMCMB) haven’t signed any new artist recently…Love.”
Mack Maine further cleared up speculation in an interview with XXL magazine. When asked if there was any truth at all to the rumors of the label signing the “Throw That Boy P***y” rapper, Mack Maine responded, “No not at all.”
Red has already gained much notoriety on the gay rap scene and his video for the song “Throw That Boy P***y” has wheeled in over 600,000 views on YouTube. Being signed by Weezy would’ve broken a barrier in hip hop. He would’ve become the first openly gay rapper to be signed by a major label.
Just because there doesn’t appear to be any truth to the rumor, as confirmed by Red himself, it doesn’t mean he won’t be added to the Cash Money family in the future. Lil Wayne has stated publicly that he has no problem signing a gay rapper. For Red, it would be an opportunity to spread his expression as a “queer artist.” In a recent interview with the Huffington Post , he talked about the impact his identity has on his music.
“My identity impacts music a lot. When I was 16 I started to gain notoriety for my rap and I started rapping with a rap group and they wanted to sign me. At this point in my life I also started to realize I was gay. So, I’m rapping about females and hanging out with my straight group with a reputation that they worked hard for. I didn’t feel comfortable. I was living a lie.”
Young Fly Red breaking into the main hip-hop scene would not only make history, it would break down stereotypes associated with homosexuality as well as give the young rapper a larger stage to showcase his art as an individual.