OFWGKTA's Syd The Kyd Discusses Sexuality, Lesbianism In Hip Hop
Odd Future's sole female member reflects on sexuality among female rappers.
OFWGKTA's Syd the Kyd publicly came out as a lesbian in the video for The Internet's "Cocaine," where she goes on a date with a girl at a carnival. In a cover story for LA Weekly, Odd Future's sole female member explained why she chose that video to publicly come out and how it stemmed from the lack of openly gay women in Hip Hop.
"I decided to do it because I wish I had someone like that [an openly gay female artist] while I was coming up. People write on my Tumblr just thanking me for making the video, saying that I really inspire them, and they want to be like me," said Syd. "But I wasn't always this way, this comfortable with myself, and I remember what that was like. So I figure, fuck it. Everyday people aren't given this opportunity and I realize that. And I didn't at first. I thought I was just lucky to be along for the ride."
She focused in on several women in urban music who she suspects are lesbians and are hiding their sexuality from the public. "There's Alicia Keys, who's married to Swizz Beatz - we know that shit ain't real," she said. "You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don't wanna hang with bitches. You know she loves her some bitches."