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Le1f Calls Out "Conservative" Rapper Lord Jamar For Using Homophobia As PR

"I know oppressions you will never understand," rapper Le1f tells Jamar, the self-described defender of "conservative" hip-hop values.

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On March 21, The New Yorker published an online profile of Lord Jamar, the struggling 45-year-old rapper and member of ’90s underground group Brand Nubian.

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.

Earlier in March, Lord Jamar claimed that rapper Le1f's televised performance on Letterman was the "beginning" of a negative cultural shift:

THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! "@AList_AL: Yo @lordjamar is bout to have a field day with this one, lol http://t.co/MpmUMrcto6"

Lord Jamar@lordjamar

THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! "@AList_AL: Yo @lordjamar is bout to have a field day with this one, lol http://t.co/MpmUMrcto6"

03:35 PM - 15 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.All respect,Le1f

On Twitter, he continued:

think before you speak, ignorant people. i look more like Dennis Rodman than any gay man you've ever seen. YOU are a stereotype. not me!

Le1f ☥@LE1FNY

think before you speak, ignorant people. i look more like Dennis Rodman than any gay man you've ever seen. YOU are a stereotype. not me!

03:06 PM - 24 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

these phobes act like if i was straight acting and doing Def Poetry Jam they would respect me, but let's be real... Nah, Bitch.

Le1f ☥@LE1FNY

these phobes act like if i was straight acting and doing Def Poetry Jam they would respect me, but let's be real... Nah, Bitch.

03:11 PM - 24 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite