Boys’ Only | Go DDm and Baron spit at LGBT Hip Hop Cypher
I have this mantra: People will take you seriously once you take yourself seriously. Well listening to DJ Baker rip on the New York out hip hop artists for about 30 minutes this morning made me think that he feels about the same way.
On Monday, the New York Public Library held The Last Taboo: LGBT Hip Hop. The event was a panel discussion including cultural critic Greg Tate, CEO of Digiwaxx Media Corey “CL” Llewellyn as well as out hip-hop artists Baron and Go DDm. All moderated by DJ Baker of Da Doo-Dirty Show,as per a release, the event was to “discuss challenges faced by the LGBT community as they aim to rebel against stereotypes, challenge gender norms and expand the hip-hop genre.”
As I’m a bit further down the East Coast, I can’t say what happened first hand but in his rant on his daily radio show that aired Tuesday, DJ made it perfectly clear that he wasn’t OK with the fact that none of the New York OUT artists that weren’t on the panel made an appearance. That means no Last O, no Bry’Nt, no Solomon, no Loco Ninja… no one – new kid on the block Rob B is on the West Coast and thus receives a past. It’s a bit jolting when you consider the fact that this was the prime time to discuss any qualms you had with the industry.
Well to be quite honest I’m not going to go into a litany of shots to be fired at those who weren’t in attendance – as DJ mostly already fired – but I will say this, if you don’t feel the need to support yourself and your industry, don’t expect it to support you.
The above cypher was a component of the panel as well. The first two artists are Baron and Go DDm.
If you’re in New York drop by the Riverside Library at 2pm on June 16 for the second panel featuring Clover hope from VIBE as well as Kathy Iandoll from HipHopDX. Foxxjazell and Soce The Elemental Wizard will also be on the panel representing artists, and DJ Baker will again moderate.