First Openly Gay Rapper

16 Jan 19
Musings and Malarkey

Reading year-end reviews of the state of music and best albums of the year is always a delight – here we get to see everything I like slandered by professionals who think your favorite band is garbage, which by extension makes you garbage. I read these every year, and every year I am endlessly annoyed, […]

15 Jan 19
Mister Scandal

According to the New York Times, Kevin Fret was only 24 years old when he was fatally shot in the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico while riding a motorcycle in the early hours of Thursday, 10 January. LGBTQ+ activist Samy Nemir Olivares tells the New York Times, “Kevin Fret represented hope… a refreshing view […]

15 Jan 19
The Gay Divorcee Chronicles

It’s been a while, and I have several partially-written, half-baked posts in my backlog, but I wanted to do something completely different today. I used to be super into music.  I was always discovering new bands through downloading random things back in the wild days of the internet, and finding Myspace Top 8 recommendations of […]

13 Jan 19
CRAZIE TUNEZ

The rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, Kevin Fret, has been shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24. The musician, described as Latin Trap music’s first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning. Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorbike in the street, and […]

13 Jan 19
PinkNews

“I’ve been mood boarding the outfit for a long time already.”

12 Jan 19
NaijaDiary

On Thursday, Kevin Fret, 24, an Outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and openly gay rapper, was shot dead in the capital San Juan, Puerto Rico. According to reports, Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorbike in the street, and he was hit in the head and hip. His death brings the number of […]

12 Jan 19
Hi, itzSochiLLBeats.Com

According to El Vocero, one of Puerto Rico’s biggest newspapers, the 24-year-old was on his Yamaha motorcycle when he was shot at around 5.30am on Thursday in Santurce, San Juan. He was shot eight times and died later the same day at the Medical Center of Río Piedras of injuries related to the shooting. Fret […]

12 Jan 19
Corenewsonline.org

The rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, Kevin Fret, has been shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24. The musician, described as Latin Trap music’s first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning. Fret was shot at eight times while riding a motorbike in the street, and […]

12 Jan 19
Google News

Latin Trap Artist Kevin Fret Shot and Killed in Puerto Rico  XXLMAG.COM Kevin Fret: Rapper shot to death in Puerto Rico at 24  CNN Latin Musician Kevin Fret Killed in Puerto Rico Aged 24  Inside Edition Kevin Fret, Latin Trap’s First Openly Gay Artist, Murdered in Puerto Rico  Jezebel Kevin Fret: Gay rapper shot dead in Puerto Rico aged […]

11 Jan 19
Rolling Stone
Latin trap singer Kevin Fret, credited for being the genre’s first openly gay artist, was shot and killed on Thursday, January 10th in the Santurce neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Local newspaper El Vocero reports that the 24-year-old had been out riding a Yamaha motorcycle at 5:30 a.m. when he was fatally shot in the head and in the hip. Another man was reportedly seen with Fret on the scene, but quickly fled on his own motorcycle. Police suspect foul play, possibly involving extortion, but have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. Fret’s death is one of 24 homicides recorded on the island in less than two weeks. A top FBI official had declared a “crisis of violence” in Puerto Rico just a day shy of the killing, citing upticks in shootings, gang activity and human trafficking. In a statement issued to the press on Thursday, Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, stated: “Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and [he] still had a lot to do. This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go. We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.” A true anomaly in urbano music, Kevin Fret was best known for flaunting queer pride in underground trap anthems like “Soy Así” (“I’m Like This”) and on Mike Duran’s song “Diferente” (“Different”). The emerging singer and LGBT advocate was heralded across social media for defying societal norms in both his gender presentation and his taunting lyrics — boasting of being “Frida Kahlo reincarnate” and using his superior makeup skills to confuse straight men — upending the genre’s paradigm of macho behavior and misogyny. Fret became an increasingly public target of harassment in 2018, after trapero Anuel AA fired a diss track titled “Intocable,” which has since been taken down from the internet. The song featured homophobic slurs and inflammatory verses about Anuel’s collaborator-turned-nemesis Cosculluela — implying a homosexual relationship between his rival and Fret. (Anuel has since apologized.) At the time, Fret took to social media to lambast Anuel and urbano artists at large for their unchecked homophobia, urging artists to stop using the gay community as punchlines in their songs. Yet as of Thursday morning, Fret’s Instagram page was mysteriously wiped of all posts, leaving just a single message in his Instagram story from the day before: “Pray, relax, wait for my times and I will do the rest. — God.” The singer had recently teased new music for 2019 through a producer’s Instagram account. The rash of violence on the island has led to protests from Puerto Rican reggaetonero Bad Bunny and Calle 13 rapper Residente, who wandered the streets of San Juan together late Thursday night into early Friday morning, petitioning guards at Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s mansion to let them speak to the governor. The two broadcast their mission live on Instagram at 2 a.m. local time — “We’re here to talk to Ricky about crime in Puerto Rico,” said Residente, who intermittently took photos with guards and fans. The rappers were eventually allowed in early Friday morning, after which they photographed themselves inside Gov. Rosselló’s office. Bad Bunny wrote, “The sun came out, but we had the talk we wanted.” This comes two months after feminist activists Colectiva Feminista en Construcción were reportedly tear-gassed outside the governor’s mansion, after demanding the government of Puerto Rico take action following the murder of 41 women in 2018. Although Bad Bunny and Residente made no explicit acknowledgment of Fret’s murder, or any other specific murders, Thursday’s incident may have prompted their visit. Rolling Stone has reached out for additional comment. “The crime that lives on our island is not due to songs about crime,” wrote Residente earlier on his Instagram, blaming instead the government’s lack of funding for education. “It is unlikely that a well-educated kid with goals to work would end up on the streets.” Added the musician: “I propose all rappers get together and record a song about [the misuse of government funds] and demand they use it for education. I’ll provide the beats and the beer. Puerto Rico doesn’t need peace, it needs education.” View this post on Instagram Acá listos pa Gobernar 🍺 Sin dormir logramos entrar a fortaleza para hablar sobre opciones de como resolver el crimen en la isla, educación, la junta de control fiscal, la auditoría, la deuda y nos ganamos un café ☕️ Gracias @ricardorossello por abrirnos las puertas pa escucharnos. 🇵🇷 @badbunnypr 🙏 Without any sleep we managed to get inside the house of the governor of Puerto Rico to talk about options for how to solve crime on the island, education, The Financial Oversight and Management Board, auditing the debt and we won a coffee ☕️ Thank you @ricardorossello for being accessible and for listening to us 🇵🇷 @badbunnypr 🙏 A post shared by René Pérez Joglar (@residente) on Jan 11, 2019 at 3:54am PST This story is developing.
11 Jan 19
Cassius | born unapologetic | News, Style, Culture

The two passionate artists took the stage—but maybe they should have passed the mic?

11 Jan 19
The Latest Hip-Hop News, Music and Media | Hip-Hop Wired

Kevin Fret, a popular rap artist in Puerto Rico and openly gay, was murdered this week while riding a motorcycle. The area in where he was shot and killed is one of the busiest in the United States territory.

11 Jan 19
93.9 WKYS

Kevin Fret, a popular rap artist in Puerto Rico and openly gay, was murdered this week while riding a motorcycle. The area in where he was shot and killed is one of the busiest in the United States territory. Billboard reports: El Nuevo Dia reports Fret was shot on his motorcycle around 5:30 a.m. local […]

11 Jan 19
Within Nigeria

The first openly gay rapper Kevin Fret shot dead at age 24. The rapper and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, was shot dead in Puerto Rico. The musician, described as Latin Trap music’s first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning. Fret was shot at eight times while riding […]

11 Jan 19
Human, Texas

The singer and rapper, who dubbed himself the first openly gay Latin trap artist, was murdered in Puerto Rico Thursday morninghttps://people.com/music/latin-singer-kevin-fret-dead-shot-peurto-rico/