Last week, history was made.
Barack Obama, President of the United States, came out of the proverbial closet and announced that he supported same-sex marriage, marking it as the first and only time a sitting president has ever endorsed the legalization of gay-marriage.
His comments stand as a definite first for the red, white and blue, and risky yet brave move from an incumbent in an election year.
In the political realm, several leaders have shied away from endorsing same-sex marriage, permitting the ‘traditional’ voices of those who firmly oppose its chief reign.
But during an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, the highest political authority affirmed that same-sex couples should be able to enjoy the same legal rights and liberties of heterosexual couples.
Barack’s statements echoes those who have been fighting for gay rights for years, but his confirmation resonates deeper within American culture and politics than any support groups’ rallies and protests ever have.
History was being made all over again, and America took to social media to express their gratitude and support.
But of the celebrity pool which extended their appreciation to the Commander-in-Chief, the heftiest figure to cosign Barack to date is none other than Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter – the commander-in-chief of hip-hop music and culture.
During his 'Made In America' announcement and press conference, Jay disclosed to CNN News that he both supports and agrees with Barack’s position on the topic.
“I always thought it was something holding the country back," Jay stated frankly. “What people do in their own homes is their business. It’s no different than discriminating against black. It’s discrimination. Plain and simple.”
Just like Barack, Jay’s decision to openly co-sign the rights of same-sex couples resonates deeper within the music community than any other rap artist. But unlike Barack’s history-making remarks, Jay is not the first rap artist to endorse homosexuality.
Back in 2005, during an MTV special titled All Eyez On Kanye West, Chicago rapper West admitted that his views on homosexuality immediately changed once he discovered a close family member of his was gay.
And just recently, A$AP Rocky shared with Pitchfork.com his enlightened views on homosexuality and collaborating with gay designers.
“I’m not homosexual. That’s not where I’m at with my life," said Rocky. “But I can still be greatly inspired by a homosexual… If I start discriminating against people, that will stop me as a person. That’s ignorant. What the f— does that have to do with anything?”
With Jay, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and several other rap artists abandoning the ignorance associated with hip-hop and homosexuality, could rap music - just like the US - be turning over a whole new leaf?
Only time will tell. But for now, we can at least applaud and acknowledge the few rappers who have stepped out of the proverbial closet and stepped into modern culture and society.