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date: 29 October 2020

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This chapter explores the relatively long history of the queer presence inside of hip hop cultural production. Starting in the late 1970s and ending in the current moment, this historiography argues that queer and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) artists in hip hop music have chartered and navigated perilous landscapes—in the music industry, in hip hop culture, and in the broader US pop terrain. The discussion details the notable queer artists, some known and some forgotten, who have made possible the seeming ease with which queer and queer-friendly artists emerging in the 2000s and afterward have captured audiences in multiple mainstream areas.

Keywords: hip hop, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), Black, historiography

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