L.A. native Miles Brock rose to fame when he appeared on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hollywood” as an up and coming rapper with a secret—he was bisexual.
“I don’t know if I was really ready for the things that came with me opening up my life to the world,” said Brock. “I knew opinions would roll in and cause a little controversy, but it is what it is.”
A lot of avid social media users who watched the show questioned the rapper-songwriter about his coming out on national TV.
“I take things a day at a time and its hard not to clap back at people who have something to say about the way I live my life. But, I know that God put me in this position and I’m helping someone out there that needs to see it,” said Brock.
Due to his coming out on the show, the discussion about male sexuality in hip-hop became a hot topic for fans of the show on social media.
The discussion brought about an hour-long special feature last fall on VH1, entitled “Out In Hip-Hop”, hosted by T.J. Holmes. Artists such as Ray J, DMC, Big Freedia and Miles Brock discussed the correlation with pop-culture and the LGBT community.
“I get the most backlash more than anyone else did on the show because people start to judge my masculinity,” Brock said. “Hip-hop is very homophobic because it’s viewed more as a boys club and they look at you differently once you don’t fit that.”
Brock believes the topic of sexuality is often shied away from because no one wants to talk about the issues that are tied to it.
“I’m not completely defined by my sexuality. It’s a part of me yes, but I do a whole lot more,” he said.
Brock wants people look past his sexual preferences and see what he is doing in the community. As such, he now takes the time to speak to young adults about being true to themselves.
“I want people to know that there is more to me than just my sexuality,” Brock said.
He tours different YMCA’s to talk to young men about peer acceptance and living in what he calls personal truth.
Brock has also created a luxury hat line called Just Love to promote acceptance in the community.
“This line was created to promote the differences of others. It’s for everyone—from gays to racial issues, we have to celebrate one another,” he said.
To check out Miles Brock’s hat line visit https://www.justlove.la