“I heard they gettin’ mad over Freaky Boiz’s ways. I think it’s cause we cute and we definitely gettin’ paid.” This quote from the top of the rapping duo Freaky Boiz’s latest remake, pretty much explains it all.
Pierre “PrinceCharming” Phipps and Terrance “TTgotit” Wilson—Chicago, Illinois natives and college students at Southern Illinois University—have started a firestorm of controversy on YouTube because of their risque renditions of popular rap songs. Their forte? Transforming charted hip-hop ditties into racy gay-loving tales of explicit sex-ploitation. The quote above comes from a remake of Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge,” which is filled with homophobic and misogynistic rants by Eminem.
Phipps and Wilson have only posted three videos as the Freaky Boiz and already the fans and “haters” are pouring in. Many say their lyrics are extremely offensive and are perpetuating stereotypes of promiscuity and the “preying on straight men” misconceptions that are often associated with the black gay community. Most are simply offended by their risque and overly sexualized lyrics. While others are taking it a step further and saying the rappers are pushing the gay rights movement back 20 years.
Personally, I call foul on all the negative dialogue. Phipps and Wilson are no more offensive then the straight rappers that top the charts today. Most of Flo-Rida’s hit songs are parody’s of sexual acts (“Right Round,” “Low”). And have you listened to an unedited CD by Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Kanye, Eminem or even Jay Z? It’s basically soft porn.
I actually dare to say that Freaky Boiz is groundbreaking. The LGBT hip-hop movement has been going strong for many years, trying to infiltrate mainstream hip-hop in order to make it less homophobic, but without much success. Freaky Boiz, though still underground, have been the first gay rappers I’ve seen that have the talent and modern tenacity to do so.
Their online popularity is starting to speak for itself. Their YouTube videos are well past 160,000 page views. Their Facebook pages combined sport over 7,000 friends and their Twitter accounts (@PrinceCharmingP and @Ttgotit) have over 6,000 followers. A pretty big feat for two guys from Illinois. Also both men are definitely unapologetically “out of the closet” when it comes to their online and stage personas, which is a refreshing, considering the “Down Low”-obsessed images that often represents the black gay community in the mainstream media.
If you look through some of their other videos on YouTube you’ll find a pretty poignant art house film about HIV, set to Destiny Child’s remake of “Emotions,” which shows they’re definitely fueled by talent. And based on their profiles the joke could be on us, as music may not even be their main focus. Wilson’s Facebook page says he’s a trained dancer with aspirations to make it a full time career. But their YouTube page is getting hit up for advertisement space, so they’re definitely “laughing all the way to the bank,” as they say.
So, yes, the Freaky Boiz are crude and brass, but isn’t that what mainstream rap is these days? And the real fact of the matter is, if Phipps and Wilson were Soulja Boy (who also got his start with racy lyrics on YouTube) they’d be well on their way to being signed by a major label.
You can check out all the Freaky Boiz remakes below: