Closeted gay hip hop stars to feature in expose

Tony Grew February 6, 2007
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A former producer at MTV has sold his memoirs to a publisher, and claims they will blow the lid off the secret gay world of hip hop.

Terrance Dean’s book, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry sold to Atria last week, according to

The book is due for publication next year.

The memoir will expose:

“The author’s life as a closeted homosexual working in the film and music industry and his relationships with other closeted homosexuals-film stars, rap artists, and music producers.”

Dean’s book about life as a black gay man in the entertainment industry will not directly name any stars, but a spokeswoman for the publisher said anyone who knows the hip-hop world will be able to identify them.

“It’s a no-holds-barred look at Hollywood and hip-hop and who’s living on the down-low,” she said.

Gay hip hopper QBoy was not impressed with the salacious revelations promised in Dean’s book.

“There are of course gay people in the industry but I think what is more to the point is that they shouldn’t be exposed and outed by someone else.

“I think its their choice to come out.”

Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, but US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L’il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.

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