Lil B's "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" (April 16, 2011)
While appearing at the Coachella Music Festival, rapper Lil B announced that he would be naming his next album I'm Gay. The deliberately controversial title sparked a flurry of media coverage as well as inspiring dialog around confronting homophobia within hip-hop culture.
The titling of the album received a mixed reaction from gay listeners, with many wondering if Lil B's motives were genuine. When the album was released, he had another surprising twist in store. Under the title I'm Gay was another parenthetical title: I'm happy. Was this a slap in the face to the gay community Lil B once seemed to champion? A thought-provoking riff on the power of language? Or just another brilliant publicity stunt? Only time will tell in 2012.