Aside from being an unfunny overplayed joke, the term "no homo," as used by Lil Wayne, is hip-hop's admission of homophobia. When Lil Wayne says Tevin Campbell, No Homo, Black Rambo in "Feel Me," he really needs us to know he is not gay. He mans it up a little more by throwing in the Black Rambo at the end of the line.
Lil Wayne's New Orleans neighbor, Big Freedia, is a pioneer in the unlikely genre known as "sissy bounce." The sound has the speed and kick of Miami bass, with the call and response of gospel music. Sissy bounce artists are usually homosexual or transgendered with a style and flair that's sexually ambiguous.
This Thursday, she'll bounce her big, sexy, sissy ass during Shake at the Vagabond. Since her last visit to Miami -- which I regret missing, partly because Freedia really scared a friend of mine's girlfriend by shaking her ass faster and harder than humanly possible -- she and sissy bounce were featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Plus, she'll make an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly this Wednesday. Sissy bounce is blowing up.
Still, it's unlikely that she'll change the hip-hop homophobe status quo, but she's loudly letting them know that they're ignorant, wrong, and having a lot less fun.
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Check Freedia's video for "Azz Everywhere" below.