Straight Black men have dominated the rap industry since its inception. However, non-black artists like Eminem and Macklemore and female acts like Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have gained prominence and broken records, proving that the genre has room for diversity. But these opportunities have rarely, if ever been afforded to femme, queer rappers -- a demographic that doesn't see much support from the industry outside of Pride Month.
Each year, artists like Big Freedia, Cakes Da Killa and Mykki Blanco are highlighted on Pride Month playlists alongside queens from Drag Race and tried and true gay anthems from divas like Diana Ross and Lady Gaga. DeAndre Clark, better known as Drebae, was quickly included on many of those playlists after his debut performance at San Francisco Pride, where he performed alongside singer-songwriter Kehlani. Drebae joined Kehlani on stage after her performance, and he performed his single “Elegant,” which has already been streamed on multiple platforms over 1,000,000 times.