Taylor Bennett Talks To XXL About Being Hip-Hop’s First Openly Bisexual Male Rapper

In recent interview with XXL Chance The Rapper’s younger brother Taylor Bennett talks to the publication about his upcoming album “Be Yourself”. 

Back in January of 2017 Bennett came out as bisexual on his Twitter account before his 21st birthday. Saying “My birthday is tomorrow & moving into next year I’d like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues. Growing up I’ve always felt indifferent about my sexuality & being attracted 2 one sex & today I would like to openly come out to my fans I do recognize myself as a bisexual male & do & have always openly supported the gay community & will keep doing so in 2017.  

Bennett tells XXL about his upcoming project “Be Yourself” saying “Something that I’m definitely going to be covering is me coming out. But not just me coming out but being African-American and also being bisexual. That’s something I definitely talk about. I talk about my childhood and how hard it was for me to really explore myself and let myself be out there and be the person that I wanted to be. I talk about relationship—growing up—with Chance [The Rapper], and how in the last, I don’t know, six years, everything has totally flipped. Also just talking about being from Chicago, being in relationships, love, breaking someone’s heart and also getting your heart broken.”

Bennett also gave this message to people dealing with identity issues “Not specifically to just artists, or anybody, but I would say the most important thing is you gotta’ be happy. Nobody else is going to push you to come out; nobody else is gonna’ force you to come out. Nobody else is going to be able to give you the comfortability and the satisfaction that you feel when you’re open and you’re actually living your truth. And if you’re worried about friends, if you’re worried about family, if you’re worried about any of those things, those people will love you for who you are. And if they don’t it’s a tough world, but you gotta’ be yourself. You gotta’ be who you are in this world. That’s word to Denzel Washington.”

Click here for the full interview.