Queer Hip-Hop Pioneers You Need to Know Now

By: Brandon Voss

In a terrific new profile on the queer hip-hop movement in the Oct. 2012 issue of Details, William Van Meter throws the mic at a colorful group of outrageously outspoken spitters who are tearing down boundaries, telling it like it is, and making the modern rap and hip-hop scene infinitely more interesting.

You know, besides Frank Ocean.

Meet the magazine's seven chosen ones and check out some of their best quotes — and the profile's fabulous new photographs by Roger Deckker.

Mykki Blanco: “Marilyn Manson was the biggest freak of nature in fishnets. I can't look at him and think I don't have a shot in popular culture.”

Le1f: "My mentors were all in the dark electronic-underground scene. Playing shows before 2 A.M. seems weird."

Nicky Da B: "It's a Sasha Fierce/Beyoncé thing! Nicky Da B is a wacky character who screams and likes to be the center of attention. My regular persona is a chill little gay dude who likes video games and rarely goes to clubs. I'd rather go out to eat."

House of Ladosha's Dosha Devastation and Cunty Crawford Ladosha: "We grew up listening to Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown. All that aggressiveness is in our alter egos."

Cakes Da Killa: "I don't know why people want to focus on the queens now, but queens do it right."

Big Dipper: "If someone wants to call me a bear, more power to them. I fuck bears — but I hang out with lesbians."