Hip hop is a product and we are all consumers. Over the years, there have been many people who have elevated the genre, whether they were in the spotlight or not. Calvin “Mr. Cee” Brun is not an exception as his hip hop resume makes these new age rappers look like the janitors in the hip hop institution. For years, Mr. Cee was Big Daddy Kane’s main man and DJ. He has worked with the iconic New York radio station, HOT 97, for over 20 years as a radio personality and DJ and, lastly, he was an integral part of creating the Bad Boy takeover in the 90’s by introducing Notorious B.I.G to Sean “Puffy” Combs. The latest thing to be added to Mr. Cee’s resume? Scandal. A gay scandal.
On September 11, 2013, an audio track revealing Mr. Cee’s sexual encounter with a transsexual person was released. Mr. Cee followed the news with a rash reaction to resign from HOT 97 after so many years, but this decision was soon rescinded and he is now back on the air. In addition, this is not even the first time Mr. Cee has done something of this manner; as he was arrested back in 2011 when he was caught redhanded with another transsexual prostitute.
If Big Daddy Kane knew that Mr. Cee liked to be pleasured from trannies, would he still be his DJ? If Puffy knew that Mr. Cee was gay, would he have trusted his judgement and started a partnership with Biggie. Or would Biggie allow Mr. Cee to be his associate producer on his iconic album, Ready to Die, if he knew that he would rather spend the night with Brad Pitt than Beyonce? It is impossible to tell but the answer could very well be “no” to all of those questions. My question that I want to pose to the hip hop consumers out there is: who cares?
We are consumers of one of the most amazing emergences of music in modern times. Why does it matter what Mr. Cee does in his spare time or what he does in general as long as he is doing his job right and contributing to the ever growing movement? We are not his sons or daughters or mothers or fathers. Hell, we’re not even his friends. How he deals with this situation with those close to him is a different story and no one else’s business.
Hip hop is evolving right in front of us. A genre that was mostly known for being racist, violent, misogynistic and homophobic has been making many great strides in the right direction. Whether it is the acceptance of Frank Ocean’s music and artistry after coming out of the closet, the increasing prominence of respected non-black rappers or even just the diversity of more meaningful content in modern rap songs, Mr. Cee may very well be lucky to have his secret exposed at this specific time.
So Mr. Cee, go on with your transsexual encounters. I, for one, will take it at face value and still respect you for your contributions to hip hop. It might be a good idea to stay away from prostitutes though because that’s illegal…but hey, that’s not my business.
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