He says the music changed dramatically from hip hop's roots in nightclubs and parties to a celebration of urban violence and gang life as 'gangsta rap' became the norm. On this list are some of the biggest suspected homosexual actors, at least according to tabloids and Internet chatter. The incident left him too traumatized to record for nearly two years. Perhaps not surprisingly, many in the industry are nervous about the book's publication this week, fearing that it will expose some of the top black names in music and Hollywood as secretly gay. What do you get when you combine an infectious rap track, some beautiful people, a little Willow Smith-esque hair. But now an explosive new book is lifting the lid on one of hip hop's most unexpected secrets: And, despite using some false names, the book contains enough information so that it will undoubtedly spark off a frenzy of speculation as to who some of the characters are in real life.
There are also a handful of openly gay rappers such as Deadlee, who has held national US tours of his music and appeared on television to talk about his sexuality.
They are going to have to be brave but I think they can do it,' he said. And, despite using some false names, the book contains enough information so that it will undoubtedly spark off a frenzy of speculation as to who some of the characters are in real life. But for Dean his purpose in writing the book was simply to shine a rare light on the most shadowed corner of some of the most popular music in the world. Wale's latest, "The Album About Nothing," dropped March 31 and quickly soared to the top of the charts. However, Dean's book shows that heterosexual rappers clearly have no monopoly on tough upbringings.
But Dean said that his memoir was not intended as a way of outing famous people. The star, who has been the subject of gay rumors himself, went on to note he doesn't think he's ever worked with a gay artist. Deadlee is a key player in the homo hip-hop music scene. They include 'Lucas', a married A-list movie star, and 'Kareem', a leading sitcom actor. Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s. Dean hopes that by bringing out his book he will allow a leading hip hop figure to come out as gay and thus pave the way for the notoriously homophobic industry to come to terms with its secret side.