Outside the mainstream


Mainstream hip-hop is not generally known for being inclusive. Homophobic slurs are almost as common in hip-hop music as are misogynist slurs.


Da Dis List, an online archive of homophobic lyrics from the world of hip-hop, is an eye-opening site. It features more schoolyard taunts than, well, a schoolyard, from Eminem’s notorious claim that his words will “stab you in the head whether you’re a fag or lez,” to Common’s dismissal of a “gay ass fag.”