Do you like hip hop music? If you rapped “o yeah” out loud, then you’ll wanna peep this list of 14 LGBTQ hip hop artists profiled by Billboard who are bustin’ out the hottest tunes.
Cakes Da Killa came out in third grade, thereafter pursuing his artistic destiny that so far includes the 2016 release Hedonism. Brooklyn-based Cakes—who counts Lil’ Kim as a big influence—will tantalize you with “Goodie Goodies” and “New Phone (Who Dis).”
Hailing from Queens, Dai Burger was a backup dancer for Lil’ Mama before breaking out on her own. Although her debut release is called Soft Serve, she says her showbiz name came “out of nowhere, but I like to think that I’m stacked, and juicy,” and which will be confirmed after viewing the official video of “Where My Girls.”
Jay Boogie is a frequent collaborator with Cakes Da Killa and is just as secure with himself, especially when flaunting beauty and luscious eye makeup in the sexy “Body” official video. Allure, which features the track “Body” as well as “It Ain’t About You” and “Precious,” is Jay Boogie’s debut album from 2014.
Chicago can take pride in homegrown KC Ortiz. Her mixtape Church Tapes is an homage to the church sermons she listened to with her grandma, quite raw and eerily addictive. Behold the glory of “Lordt.”
Big Freedia aka the Queen of Bounce is a big name in the bounce subgenre of hip hop, hence her Fuse reality television series Big Freedia Bounces Back. Factoid: She led hundreds of simultaneous twerkers to attain a Guinness World Record. Check out “Dive,” her collab with Mannie Fresh, to be regaled with her resounding command.
Mykki Blanco is a seasoned rapper, having toured with Bjork and establishing the “queer rap” genre. His work is gritty and unrelentingly candid about his gay identity and HIV-positive status. Wavy, for example, is intense.
Velvet falsetto iLoveMakonnen is known as a gay singer/rapper, and his hit “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” is rightly described as trippy, his vocals euphoric. Listen to the original instead of Drake’s remix.
Whoa! Le1F studied ballet and modern dance before producing tracks for Das Racist. He then began to rap, and became the head honcho at hip hop label Camp & Street. Watch his grace and hear his rhymes in “Wut.”
Gravelly Brooklyn rapper Young M.A. had a Hot 100 top 20 with last year’s “OOOUUU.” Under the name “Kat Kasanova” she used to have a YouTube channel with episodes focusing on the subjects of “relationships” and “lesbians.” Which is kind of what she raps about in “OOOUUU,” saying, “I just want to neck/nuthin’ more.”
“Ima take that bitch to college/ima give that bitch some knowledge,” is what Zebra Katz the “dark rapper” asserts in the 2012 single “Ima Read.” Influenced by the ball culture, Zebra Katz is the stage name of Ojay Morgan, and is also dubbed the “dark lord of the fashion world.” He has opened for Azealia Banks and appeared on Humanz, the latest album from Gorillaz.
Watch “Thug It Out” to marvel at the “real bitch problems” expounded by TT the Artist. Tt the Artist is a creative tour de force based in Baltimore who counts filmmaking and visual art as mediums of expression in addition to hip hop and EDM.
Pansexual singer/rapper Brooke Candy creates highly twerkable music, and is associated with Charli XCX and Azealia Banks. The official video to “Opulence” is certainly over the top in style and grandeur and gaudy makeup, topped off with lots of BDSM imagery.
Taylor Bennett is a sweet-faced bisexual hip hop artist who happens to be the brother of Chance the Rapper! His influences are Nas and Twista. Dreamy-eyed Taylor came out in January 2017 just before he turned 21. Warning: your heart may not be still after seeing him deliver in “Roof Gone.”
Speaking of fluttery hearts and Bennetts, Sydney “Syd” Bennett spins a siren sound in “All About Me,” she also of the sultry telegenic quality, a stare that could stir a thousand butterflies. Syd has cred as a former member of the Odd Future hip hop collective (formed by Tyler, The Creator) in Los Angeles, and is now lead vocalist for The Internet.