Reality TV Actor Says He’d Be a Platinum Hip Hop Artist if He Wasn’t Gay

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VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Miami actor, Bobby Lytes believes that he’d be a platinum selling artist if he weren’t gay.

A few days ago,Lytes took to Twitter and posted: “If I was ‘straight, I would have been went platinum, lets argue.”

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IMA KEEP GOING THOUGH!

A post shared by Bobby ? Lytes (@bobbylytes) on Apr 25, 2019 at 10:47pm PDT

Lytes is the cousin of Miami rapper, Trina. Trina released five solo albums and first gained notoriety in 1998 with her appearance on Trick Daddy’s second studio album.

XXL Magazine once wrote that Trina is “the most consistent female rapper of all time.”

As for Bobby Lytes: Lytes sparked an interesting debate on homophobia in Hip-Hop with his tweet over the weekend.

Per The Source Magazine:

Historically, Hip-Hop has not been the safest space for the LGBTQ community. There are a number of records in the past that denounce homosexuality amongst men. On the other hand, it has been historically acceptable among women. That double standard is still prevalent today. Although society has grown to be more socially conscious, we still have a long way to go. Bobby Lytes took to Twitter over the weekend to voice his opinion on the acceptance of homosexual men or lack thereof in Hip-Hop.

Historically, Hip-Hop has not been the safest space for the LGBTQ community. There are a number of records in the past that denounce homosexuality amongst men. On the other hand, it has been historically acceptable among women. That double standard is still prevalent today. Although society has grown to be more socially conscious, we still have a long way to go. Bobby Lytes took to Twitter over the weekend to voice his opinion on the acceptance of homosexual men or lack thereof in Hip-Hop.

That tweet made it to Instagram, where his followers took the time to chime in. Some agreed while others felt otherwise. One follower took to the comment section saying, “If you have good music and work hard, you will be a success. Stop blaming the ‘i’m gay’ on your failure to produce success.” On the other hand, his supporters encouraged the “My Ni**a” artist to persevere and not get discouraged. On the most recent season of Love & Hip-Hop Miami, Bobby received more support from his cousin, Trina. The two plan to collab in the future.

Many of his followers mentioned Frank Ocean’s sexual orientation. In 2012, the Grammy Award-winning artist opened up about his sexuality in a Tumblr post, stating he felt like a “free man” after the post. In 2017, iLoveMakonnen came out to his followers on Twitter. Although both artists came out after the success of their biggest hits, they still serve as a symbol of hope for openly gay male artists like Bobby Lytes.

Lytes recently released his latest single, “My Ni**a” prior to 4/20.

Per Hot New Hip Hop:

Last season, Lytes inked a record deal, snubbing his cousin’s label and carving his own path. For years conversations about hip hop and openly LGBTQIA rappers has been a hot topic, but the successes of artists such as Young M.A, Frank Ocean, Kevin Abstract, ILoveMakonnen, Mykki Blanco, and many others has shown that the rap game is on its way to becoming more accepting of alternative lifestyles.

Lytes’ true dream is to storm the music charts like his rap star cousin, Trina. Season after season Lytes has been embroiled in on-screen physical altercations, but the notoriety is helping the 28-year-old reality television star build his fanbase.

“I’m such a sucker for some good old shade, but unfortunately, that sh*t gets me in a lot of trouble,” he told VH1 last month. “I hate the idea of people considering me the ‘messy gay guy on Love and Hip Hop.’ I’m so much more than that—the fans know it, my supporters know it, the cast knows it, I know it! All of the drama I surrounded myself with this past season definitely took away from the opportunity for people to see just how talented I am. The music for me is super important because it’s my career and my passion at the same time. Soon the world will see.”


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