04/23/2013 10:26 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

John Legend's 'Down Lo' Drama To Feature Gay Rapper Character

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Singer-songwriter John Legend is about to dive into an entirely new arena, tackling the debate over whether or not gay performers can succeed in hip-hop in the process.

The Grammy Award-winning musician has recently sold the rights to a Miami-based series titled "Down Lo" via his Get Lifted Film Co., as Vibe points out.

Set in South Beach, the show reportedly will feature a clandestine gay rapper trying to prevail in hip-hop, according to Clutch Magazine.

According to Deadline, the series is expected to pull from the "Save Room" singer's first-hand acquaintance.

"Down Lo" is being produced and directed by Tony Krantz and will be written by playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfield. Reece Pearson has signed on as the co-executive producer. Legend's film company has also sold the rights to two other shows, including an untitled comedy loosely based on the performer's childhood.

The topic of gay performers in rap and hip-hop has been a controversial one as of late. Snoop Lion recently expressed doubts that an openly gay performer could succeed in the rap world.

"It's like a football team," Snoop Lion, who previously spoke out in support of same-sex marriage, told NME. "You can't be in a locker room full of motherf**king tough a** dudes, then all of a sudden say, 'Hey, man, I like you.' You know, that's going to be tough."


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