Mister Cee--Big Daddy Kane's former Deejay, Hot 97 radio personality and, most notably, discoverer of Biggie Smalls--was arrested recently for allegedly patronizing the services of a male prostitute in New York City. He claims he was set up. Innocent until proven guilty and all that. But that is besides the point.
I could use Mr. Cee's misfortune to make a cheap shot like the rest of the internet, but I'm not going to do that. While I feel bad for him, this is an opportunity for hip-hop to deal with its homophobia, next to its misogyny, one of rap's most persistent problems ( I can't help but think that these problems go hand-in-hand). Mister Cee assisted one of the greatest rappers of all time as his Deejay. Listen to his sharp cuts on "Mister Cee's Master Plan." He brought another great emcee to the public. He obviously has a great ear for talent. Is all that erased because he may have an attraction to men? No. His private preferences are not our business. If he decided to be in a car with a male prostitute, however foolish the decision, that is between him and his family and unfortunately, the New York justice system, who seem to have nothing better to do.
It's time to realize that so many of our heroes throughout history have been gays or lesbians. Doesn't make them lesser human beings. Hip hop should also realize that some rappers, deejays, singers, etc. are also homosexual. Some of them are legendary artists who have made timeless music. They've just chosen to keep that part of their lives private. Sexual orientation doesn't change that. The sooner we grow up, the sooner people can stop hiding their true selves in the shadows. When this changes on a societal level, humanity can take another couple steps forward.
I loved this song as a kid and I love it now. If he's gay, I still love it.