One of the more interesting moments from last week's Rip the Runway was watching Busta Rhymes' touchy-feely moments with the swimsuit models during his performance of the dance floor anthem "Touch It." Now this week Busta makes the news twice regarding gays, that song, and, his (un)touchy-feelyness.
First: Page Six reports Busta went ballistic on a young gay fan in South Beach. Reportedly, the boy had the nerve to tap Busta on the shoulder while in a diner that is next door (?) to Twist
which is so very 2000 but that's another story. Obviously, the late night diner on Washington Avenue was packed with the children and Uncle Busta wasn't happy. Eyewitness:
"This became evident when a young gay guy came up behind Busta and tapped him on the shoulder to congratulate the rapper on his recent comeback. Before the guy could even mutter a word, Busta turned around and repeatedly screamed, 'Why the [bleep] you touchin' me, man? Get the [bleep] away from me' . . . his two huge bodyguards then caused an even larger scene by pushing the kid away . . . Busta quietly whispered to his bodyguards, 'I hate [bleeping] faggots, man.' "
Second: Busta hates the gays so much that he's given air-time to his homophobia. The heavily-bleeped remix of "Touch It" contains at least two mentions of "faggot" (lyrics here and audio) sung by collaborator
and career criminal DMX:
Niggaz ain't built for nothin' but frontin
Come through, faggots it the security frontin'
Get that do, What that do? How that do?
Fuck you faggot, I shot at you
You and you mans butt, in your man's truck
But your chance is up, not get up
None of this is surprising, given hip-hop's hostility in general—and DMX's fascination in particular—with homophobic lyrics. The irony, of course, is that BET continues to bleep the lyrics (watch video) yet air mock-umentaries that are supposed to explore homophobia and the reasons behind the down low.
Currently, “Touch It” is ranked 5 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart.
Thanks to Bobby and Jeff Hobbs for the assist.
Busta Goes Bleep in Miami (NYPost)
Busta Remix Homophobic (Jasmyne Cannick)
Touch It: Lyrics (Daps Lyrics)
Touch It: Audio (MP3)
Touch It: Video (You Tube)
Previously:Beverley Knight on Gay Bashing (Rod 2.0) Hip Hop and Homosexuality (Keith Boykin) Hip-Hop and Homophobia (Rod 2.0) Is Hip-Hop Homophobic? (Vibe) Anti-Gay Acts Dropped from Awards (Rod 2.0) Kanye on Gay Bashing (Rod2.0) Wrestling With "My Own Homophobia" (Rod 2.0) My Jamaican Guy (Rod 2.0)