Adair Lion- Gay is Okay

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    May 03, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
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    May 03, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    So let me see if I've got this str8. That was a Texas rapper (I didn't even know Galveston had hoods) singing to homophobes a song about a rat to say to gays that it gets better? I'm so confused.
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    May 03, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    The song was good. Made what is reality to us, a reality in the video for straight people who don't get us... the ending made my eyes water. =')
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    May 03, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    That video is amazing. Im so proud of that guy for doing that.
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    May 03, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    That caught me so off guard, I almost shed a tear!
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    May 04, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
    mizzouguy10 saidHe was an actually decent rapper too...

    Stole a few rhymes, but I'll ignore that.


    Don't know what rhymes you are referring to as I'm not familiar with rap, nor do I know this artist's intent on those, if what you noticed exists therein, but just to say that it is not too unusual for one musician to utilize another's work within an otherwise original song (or by this, a voiced-over or rapped-over remix?--sorry, but I'm not familiar with the technical terms) by inserting a line or a reference of that other artist. It is usually pretty obvious to anyone familiar with the work and is often considered tribute, not plagiarism.

    A very tributed work, for example, found in songs other than the original, would be David Bowie's Major Tom
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Tom.

    It does seem that this rapper is calling out to his homies (did I say that right?) and so tributes would seem in line. I noticed in particular the lines at 1:18 "where you at Wayne" which might be a reference to gay-rumored rapper Lil Wayne? & "where you at Ye" perhaps to rapper Kanye?

    Here are the lyrics from the artists website:

    http://www.adairlion.com/adairlion/Ben_Lyrics.html
    HOOK (full)
    Ben most people would turn you away
    I don't listen to a word they say
    They don't see you as I do
    I wish they would try to
    I'm sure they'd think again
    if they had a friend like Ben

    VERSE 1
    uh My name's Adair and I'm here to recruit you
    What up Hip-Hop Can I spit some taboo
    Hello young world can I change your outlook
    When I was growing up I was forced to give a frown look
    to people who were different than me,
    and I just accepted it man but I was so naive
    see I was scholarship-ed to a private school
    and in the hood I was with my vatos acting a fool
    so either way being gay was wrong
    it was against the hood laws or the laws of God
    so... I didn't see them -they probably were scared straight
    but I made a friend I never expected to make....
    now, I can see all the hate reaction on your face
    this subjects not the type that hip-hop embrace
    but its long overdue... where you at Wayne
    I said its long overdue where you at Ye?
    I mean...

    HOOK (half)
    they don't see you as I do
    I wish they would try to
    I'm sure they'd think again
    if they had a friend like Ben

    VERSE 2
    Ben you're my friend in case you unaware
    Adair Lion does if nobody else care
    and I've never been the type to harp on what others think of me
    so there's no wonder why I call out all this bigotry
    Being Christian its hard to say this...
    but the Bible was wrong this time...
    Its in every species and every family I've met
    so I don't see why to the world its a crime
    you see logistically
    and statically
    not every dancer dude is gay
    not every football players straight
    and thats crazy huh, but thats fact yo!
    and thats the same anywhere, even rap yo!
    oh you don't see that...
    you don't believe that...
    I guess him over there he chose to be Black...
    and her Asian...
    and them White...
    and those God awful gays chose to live that life, huh?!

    HOOK (half)
    they don't see you as I do
    I wish they would try to
    I'm sure they'd think again
    if they had a friend like Ben

    VERSE 3
    Ben I dont know if my friends will back me up on this
    they might turn their backs and say that I'm a bitch
    and I know if you come out you'll get the same shit
    but we dont need that kind of peeps in our relationship
    "gay is okay" the number one thing a rapper shouldn't say...
    I said it anyway and I made history...
    (and) to all the little dudes learning to mack
    the hottest chicks got a gay in their clique, remember that
    Ben this songs for you while your growing up
    'cause I don't wanna see you break and say you've had enough
    It doesn't just get better, it gets awesome homie
    what I mean is I just wanna see you blossom homie
    its just they never really miss you 'til you (are) dead or your gone
    so on that note, Im leaving after this song
    you ain't gotta feel any way about Adair for long
    but at least let Michael tell you why I'm this way...hold on

    HOOK (full)
    Ben most people would turn you away
    I don't listen to a word they say
    They don't see you as I do
    I wish they would try to
    I'm sure they'd think again
    if they had a friend like Ben

    OUTRO
    Coincidentally, Ben is the name of someone I've never met...my dad.
    So why would I ever judge someone who is trying to be two of what I never had?
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    May 04, 2012 7:01 AM GMT
    Thank you for the info. By that then it definitely sounds to me like a tribute, by which he's invoking the entire rap community through a lyric of one of its most respected.
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    May 04, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    Whenever I see this thread, I keep thinking about this:
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    May 04, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    Great song!