hip-hop artists and fans believe the music genre allows for self-expression and is still a dominant force in the local and international music scene.
However, in light of artist Lil Nas X coming out as a queer man, is hip-hop truly inclusive and progressive?
There has been a debate about whether the genre offers artists a safe space to be more transparent about their sexuality or whether it embodies hyper-masculinity, misogyny and homophobia.
Eusebius McKaiser chats to Okay Africa writer Sabelo Mkhabela and rapper Mx Blouse to discuss whether hip-hop is inclusive and progressive.
This is a conversation about society and not necessarily about hip-hop because the genre is made up of ordinary people in society. It always holds a mirror on who we are.— Sabelo Mkhabela, Writer - Okay Africa
Mx Blouse shares Mkhabela's sentiments and says hip-hop is an expressive genre where people reflect on what is happening in society.
hip-hop tends to look more misogynistic and more homophobic than the rest of society when it is actually just a reflection of society.— Mx Blouse, Rapper
Listen below to the full conversation: