The Frank Ocean Effect: Hip-Hop's Gay Pioneers Changing The Face Of Rap Music

09/24/2012 10:49 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

"Oh, this fag can rap?' Yeah, they saying that, they listening."

The lyrics are from the Harlem-based MC Mykki Blanco. But the sentiment expressed in her after-hours party anthem "Wavvy" is shared by other pioneering rappers who bristle at being defined by their sexual orientation—even as it helps bring attention to their work.

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