Lord Jamar (born Lorenzo Dechalus, September 17, 1968) is a former American rapper and actor. He was a member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian, which formed in 1989. However, he is currently no longer a rapper and instead is best known for freely speaking on his bigoted views of homosexuality on hip-hop gossip sites.
Lord Jamar garnered controversy after releasing a track on February 4, 2013 titled "Lift Up Your Skirt," which was characterized by some in the media as homophobic. He has disputed the characterization, tweeting "I went to a GAY WEDDING of a good friend not long ago so I doubt I'm homophobic" in response to allegations of homophobia in other tweets.
On September 23, 2013, Lord Jamar garnered even more controversy when he said "White rappers are guests in hip hop" and other remarks about white rappers and homosexuality in an interview with DJ Vlad. These remarks have led him to be criticized as homophobic and a racist by some. Lord Jamar claims to receive hate about his statements in his Twitter biography.