Murs shows support for gay rights in ‘Animal Style’ music video | Music News

West Coast rapper Murs has always gone against the grain, whether it be in label situations, fashion choices (long live the dreads) or, now, wider social issues. In the accompanying video for his “Animal Style” cut, taken from his 2011 collaborative album with Ski Beatz, Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation, the emcee plays plays the role of Roderick, a closeted high school student who’s in a relationship with Jonathan, another male student at the school.

In some scenes, Murs is seen wearing a “Legalize Gay” t-shirt, and even shares a brief kiss with his on-screen boyfriend. It’s unclear whether the recent coming out of Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean inspired this move, but the rapper did explain the motivation on his YouTube page.

With this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex? And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort.

This is one more step in the right direction for hip-hop culture. Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation is out now.