The rappers on this list are among the best gay rappers who have helped usher in a new era of LGBTQ hip-hop. They use their music to challenge societal norms and embrace authenticity in the face of homophobia and racism. They also use their art to help others, creating a lasting legacy in the industry.
Lil Nas X emerged from the depths of stan Twitter to dominate the pop charts with his 2019 hit “Old Town Road.” His triumph was unparalleled, but it was his courage in publicly identifying as gay that really set him apart. He's an inspiration for all queer artists who want to pursue their dreams without fear of retribution or career sabotage.
ILoveMakonnen, better known as Makonnen Kamali Sheran, is a prominent member of the new generation of LGBTQ rappers who have pushed hip-hop culture forward. When he came out in 2017 as openly gay, it was a brave statement in a genre notorious for its homophobia. He now uses feminine pronouns to further express himself and has opened the door for more LGBT representation in hip-hop.
The talented young M.A. has made a name for herself in the queer American hip-hop scene as a versatile emcee. Her music is a combination of hip-hop, R&B, and dance. She has a strong, confident sound that has captured the attention of music fans and experts. Her unique style and lyrics make her stand out in the rap game.