Today trans people are more visible than ever.
The growing amount of people empowered to step into their most authentic selves is a direct result of the LGBTQIA+ movement for equality. Hip-Hop is one of the few places it has fully infiltrated.
Despite the success of artists like Frank Ocean and Lil Nas X, not too many artists, specifically on the trap and gangsta side of things, have come out. Especially not as trans. That is until recently. Let’s take a look at some of the queer trailblazers and see who is the latest to join the community.
Big Freedia is a well-respected rapper and television personality. The New Orleans Queen of Bounce has been a staple in pop culture for years now and has been racking up massive features and co-signs. Most recently, Freedia was sampled for Beyonce’s “Break My Soul.”
She was also featured on Drake’s “Nice For What” and has a single with Lizzo. During a recent season of College Hill Celebrity Edition, Freedia opened up about her gender journey with fellow rapper Slim Thug.
According to the “Explode” hitmaker, she identifies as both male and female and asks him to call her his “brister.”
Lil Nas X shocked the world when he came out in 2019. The “Old Town Road” hitmaker managed to be one of the first black artists to score a major hit on the country charts before shocking everyone with his sexuality.
In the years since he’s continued to play up his identity for shock value and scored major hits in the process. Nas is still well respected and loved by his straight peers and has successful collaborations with Jack Harlow, NBA Youngboy, and the OG Nas.
Saucy Santana is the unofficial third City Girl. After riding to mainstream notoriety with his Miami sisters, Saucy stepped out on his own as a bootylicious frontman.
The bearded rapper keeps it masculine from the neck up but prefers a more female approach to his body which features augmented hips and backside. Saucy has fought hard to be respected by the hip-hop community and has held his own in interviews with The Breakfast Club, Joe Budden, and more.
Young M.A. has been holding it down for queer women in hip-hop. After scoring a big hit with “Ooouuu,” she has remained a staple on blogs and social media with people curious about her gender identity and sex life. M.A. has always maintained that she knows she is female but prefers a masculine-presenting aesthetic.
Former Gucci Mane protege Lil Wop came out as bisexual last year after confessing to being dropped from Gucci’s label. In the year since, he’s become an adult film star with an Onlyfans account and explicit Twitter.
Within a matter of days after posting an ex-rated video with a young lady, Wop reemerged wearing a wig, makeup, and lingerie. He captioned the post, “In The Transition Into Becoming A Full Transgender.” The post has shocked many and has them question how serious he is.
Wop did not give any further information about his name or pronouns, but everyone was shocked.