42 Dugg is widely considered to be one of the hottest breakout stars in rap in recent years. Signed to CMG and 4PF, the up-and-coming rapper has been working hard over the past two years. In 2020 alone, he has released six new singles.
With his growing success comes greater scrutiny under the eyes of the public. Naturally, as an artist becomes increasingly famous, rumors about their personal life will begin spreading exponentially. Of course, the same is true for 42 Dugg.
In an Instagram livestream last July, watchful fans noticed some interesting lyrics from an unreleased 42 Dugg track playing in the background. This led to widespread gossip about the rapper’s sexuality, and many fans assumed that he was, in fact, gay.
Below, we will delve into exactly what happened and how 42 Dugg responded to these whisperings about his sexuality.
Who Is 42 Dugg?
42 Dugg has been called Lil Baby’s biggest prodigy. The 25-year-old rapper has been making waves in the music industry since he began his rap career in 2018, just two years ago.
The rapper’s legal name is Dion Marquise Hayes, and he was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. His hometown certainly plays a formative role in his music and his identity as an artist—his first mixtape, 11241 Wayburn, is titled after the streets of Detroit where he spent his youth.
11241 Wayburn dropped in July 2018, launching his career as a mainstream rapper. However, this was not the first major metamorphic event in 42 Dugg’s life so far. Eight years prior, he was arrested for charges related to carjacking and gun possession, and he spent the next six years in prison.
42 Dugg’s time in prison turned out to be a transformative period in his life. He made the most of his six-year sentence by using his time to experiment with rapping. As he wrote songs about the trials and tribulations of his childhood in Detroit, he realized that rapping could be an extremely meaningful form of self-expression.
When he was released from prison, 42 Dugg began pursuing rap as a serious career. The positive feedback he had received from other inmates in prison inspired him to continue writing and making music, although that wouldn’t be his last issue with the law.
He began to gain prominence in the Detroit rap scene when he released 11241 Wayburn and 11241 Wayburn, Pt. 2. However, it was the track “The Streets” that truly accelerated his career. The song was a hit, and it caught the attention of two prominent artists: Lil Baby and Yo Gotti.
In March 2019, 42 Dugg signed a joint venture deal with both Lil Baby and Gotti’s labels (CMG and 4PF, respectively).
After signing this deal, his career and success only grew. With the help of Lil Baby and Gotti, he started releasing single after single. His most significant breakthrough came in February 2020 with the track “Grace.” A song on Lil Baby’s album My Turn, “Grace,” became Lil Baby’s first song to enter the Billboard 100 chart. It peaked at number 48.
After “Grace,” he continued churning out hits. Lil Baby dropped another single, “We Paid,” featuring 42 Dugg. “We Paid” performed even better than “Grace,” peaking at number 10 on the Billboard 100.
His other mixtapes include Young and Turnt and Young & Turnt, Vol. 2. He has also released several non-album singles in 2020, including “Baggin’,” which features Marshmello.
42 Dugg has been busy in the past two years, signing with a label, making music, releasing singles, and breaking through on the charts. His career and his fanbase have been growing steadily, and it seems that he won’t be slowing down any time soon.
However, you may have heard news about 42 Dugg in the past year that goes beyond just his career trajectory. A recent unreleased song has fans questioning the rapper’s sexuality.
Back in July, a video surfaced that supposedly came from a livestream on Instagram that included Dugg. In the clip, you can hear what seems to be an unreleased song of his. The particular lyrics that caused the rumors to start flying seemed to allude to 42 Dugg’s sexuality. Some listeners interpreted the lyrics as “I was out here suckin’ d**k / I was tryna pay the rent.”
It is important to note that this is just one interpretation of the lyrics. The song was playing in the background, so the sound quality isn’t perfect, and it is entirely possible that some fans misheard the line above.
Indeed, soon after the song snippet went viral, it became clear that the public had been too quick to assume that 42 Dugg was gay. In response to the rumors, 42 Dugg tweeted, “HOES OUT HERE SUCKIN DICK… I WAS TRYNA PAY HER RENT.” This tweet seems to be a correction of those misheard lyrics from the video clip.
It seems safe to assume that 42 Dugg’s tweet was also his way of setting the record straight—in other words, his way of confirming to the world that he is, in fact, not gay. Some of Dugg’s fans were not completely convinced, while others took the tweet to be a clear affirmation of his heterosexuality.
Later, Dugg took to Instagram to address the rumors once again. The post has since been deleted, but some sources reported that he wrote, “Y’all gotta stop tagging me in all this fake s**t/gay s**t.” He then wrote, in short, that he doesn’t want “fake” attention for things like rumors about his sexuality—he only wants to receive publicity for his music. Finally, he told his followers that, “I’m not gone get caught doing no hoe s**t cause it’s not in me.”
Although this post has since been deleted, it does seem like a clear-cut denial of the any gay rumors that were circulating at the time. So, to answer the question you came here to ask: 42 Dugg is not gay.
Since July, there have been no further rumors about the up-and-coming rapper’s sexuality.
To conclude, the rumors that sprung up in July about 42 Dugg’s sexuality were exactly that: rumors. Gossip and misinformation spread quickly on the Internet, and it is important to remember that not everything you read online is true.
More significantly, though, we should be asking ourselves why this rumor spread so voraciously. Does 42 Dugg’s sexuality really matter? If so, why does it matter?
At the end of the day, 42 Dugg is simply a highly talented rapper and songwriter. He has been making incredible strides as an artist since he first launched his career only two years ago. Whether he is straight, gay, or anything else, we should ultimately focus on what is most important: his music.
42 Dugg recently dropped a new track, “Free Woo”—his sixth single of the year so far. He is certainly a new artist to watch, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.
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