Over the past several years, a number of openly LGBT rappers have challenged the traditionally strict and heteronormative culture of hip-hop and rap and now another young artist is seeking to join their ranks.
Openly gay Ripparachie released his new album this month titled "Gifted And Young," an acronym for "GAY." The album seeks to directly confront the hyper-masculine music industry and the world's larger intolerance of homosexuality.
“Many are against what I stand for but, by competing for mainstream success," Ripparachie told The Huffington Post, "I know that I’ll eventually be recognized for my core craft and hustle. My material is written for everyone, whatever their creed, religion or sexuality."
A portion of the sales from "Gifted and Young" between March and July will be donated to "Pride Lafayette," an LGBT non-profit organization working in Ripparachie's hometown of Lafayette, IN.
To hear some of Ripparachie's work check out the video above, or head here to purchase "Gifted and Young" on Itunes.