Jamar is now better known as a spokesperson for what he calls “hip-hop conservatives” than for his music; he’s criticized Kanye West for wearing a black leather kilt repeatedly on Instagram, and in an attention-starved 2013 song called “Lift Up Your Skirt.” Jamar captioned one January 2013 Instagram post, featuring a male model wearing a skirt, with this: “Y’all Cee where the Kanye shit is takin us right? #halfafag.”
As The New Yorker points out, Jamar believes that hip-hop has been “hijacked” by the tastes of its increasingly white audience, and that rappers have become less masculine as a result. “To the average white person, a strong black man is scary. So what do we do? Let’s feminize him, emasculate him, sissify him, to make us feel more comfortable,” he said in a 2013 video interview.
3. Earlier in March, Lord Jamar claimed that rapper Le1f’s televised performance on Letterman was the “beginning” of a negative cultural shift:
4. On March 24, Le1f posted a response to Jamar on Facebook.
dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.