Russell Simmons has hailed Frank Ocean's coming out, calling him a catalyst for acceptance of gay rappers.

“The fans are more tolerant,” hip-hop mogul Simmons told gay glossy Details. “A catalyst with courage like Frank Ocean making public statements like that can flourish.”

Ocean, 24 and a member of the collective Odd Future, has been credited as the first mainstream hip-hop artist to come out. He released his latest album, Channel Orange, shortly after his announcement.

However, Andreana Clay, the author of The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back, told Details, “There's always been a 'queer' presence in hip-hop.”

“[T]here are artists like Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne, who vacillate between challenging and upholding a hypermasculine identity – these performers have helped create a space for 'out' identities in the mainstream,” she said.

Details goes on to profile other queer rappers, including Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Nicky Da B, House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa and Big Dipper.

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