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Midas, sometimes called Dappa!!! Dan Midas and now going by DDm, was one of Baltimore’s most notorious battle rappers, and over the past few years, he released a whole bunch of excellent material with Mania Music Group and more recently as a solo artist with Unruly Records. At some point or another, rumors that Midas, a stylish, swaggering MC, is gay started bouncing around the hip-hop scene. He didn’t address it much; he just kept on rapping his ass off, molding his hard-edged rhymes into an inexplicable roughneck hip-hop-meets-house-diva intensity. In July, DDm appeared on the cover of Baltimore Gay Life magazine as “Baltimore’s first openly gay rapper.” It’s a bold choice and, in a hip-hop scene pathetically obsessed with ideas of “realness” that involve violence and tough talk, DDm chose to actually get real and just be himself.

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