Hip-hop, despite being a rare platform for minority storytellers to express their thoughts on pressing social issues, coupled with its ability to lift talented young men and women out of dangerous socioeconomic conditions, isn’t exactly viewed as a bastion of progressivism. For every Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Common or Kendrick, there are a hundred Soulja Boys who embody every terrible rims/guns/bitches stereotype leveled at the genre. Hell, even legends embrace their base instincts with regularity. Listen to Biggie’s “Get Money” sometime. Preferably while wearing headphones.
Snoop Dogg, who at age 43 should absolutely know better, decided it would be a smart idea to categorize Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation into a woman not as a watershed moment for transgender individuals, but as a “science project” on an Instagram post. Which manages to insult both the transgender and science communities.
“Shout out to Akon! He is about to supply 600 million Africans with solar power. I’m really upset this isn’t major news but that science project bruce jenner is. #Society”
A couple things. One, did you know Akon’s real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam? WHY THE HELL DID HE DECIDE TO GO BY “AKON?!” Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam is the dopest rap name of all time. I’d pay as much as three dollars to hear DJ Khalid scream “Fire new track from A$AP Rocky featuring Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam!” five times over top the best parts of their single. Also, his next project is a quintuple album broken up into five different genres (Euro, Pop, Urban, Island and World). So we have that to look forward to.
Two, a person undergoing a very difficult emotional, physical and spiritual journey isn’t a science project. Pouring vinegar into a baking soda volcano until it spills all over the cafeteria floor is a science project. Strange you don’t recognize the difference given your familiarity with vinegar, you douche. Your decision to call yourself Snoop Lion and walk around looking like Toad from MarioKart after a month at a Sandals resort are also choices whose explanations can only be provided by science.
Look, I understand why a 65-year-old man deciding to become a woman late in life is difficult for some people to wrap their minds around. Here’s an idea, though: if transgender individuals confuse you, maybe see if you know anyone who is transgender. Talk to them about their life. Learn. Ask them questions. Listen to their story. Basically, anything other than posting ignorant shit on social media that makes #society think you’re a transphobic cretin.
Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather still bang, though.