Hip-Hop’s Gay Hugh Hefner: Kidear Youmans' Vibrant Musical Persona

Balancing his Muslim identity and queerness, Kidear contemplated using a stage name but decided to embrace his given name, which in Arabic means “the second purest water in the world” and “the highest servant to Allah.”

Hip-Hop’s Gay Hugh Hefner: Kidear Youmans' Vibrant Musical Persona

Kidear Youmans is a Muslim-born, gay, Black musician whose career is on the rise. Known mononymously by his first name, Kidear initially made his mark in the world of fashion, styling for big names like Wiz Khalifa and Karlie Redd. Now he’s shifted into the world of music production and performance, with his debut hip-hop EP “Me Vs Me” (2022) under his belt.

Kidear says his sound is influenced by “being around pretty women and the girls that [were] getting it. Bosses, whatever, but it’s a reference you can use in the gay scene. It can be your crew. Just making sure everyone is lit — whatever that means to you. Whether it’s the finances, the job, or the education.” His sound is influenced by empowerment and hard work. Kidear’s first single, “B.I.L,” led to the eight-track “Me Vs Me” EP. 

Balancing his Muslim identity and queerness, Kidear contemplated using a stage name but decided to embrace his given name, which in Arabic means “the second purest water in the world” and “the highest servant to Allah.”

“When I started to do music, I was thinking, maybe I should channel Beyoncé with Sasha Fierce, but it just wasn’t settling,” Kidear said. “It was like, this is you. Stand by it. I was given this name and it’s who I am, so I think everything that comes with it, I have to stand by that.”

Kidear has gone on record for facing challenges growing up in Brooklyn due to the intersection of his identity. Though now his family is proud of his accomplishments and his work, when Kidear came out to them, he reflects that “it was definitely a struggle with most of my family.” Kidear says that this experience taught him resilience, preparing him for the music industry. 

Kidear approaches being a musician differently from how he worked as a stylist. To reach his fullest potential, he had to choose to focus his efforts on music, rather than split his time between fashion and music. 

Now fully committed to music, Kidear embraces the nickname "Hip-Hop’s Gay Hugh Hefner" for his fun, elevated music. Inspired by Lil’ Kim, he aims to take risks and rap about more than just his queerness. He dreams of collaborating with Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, and Lil’ Kim.

Kidear closes with his career philosophy: "If you want things you never had, you have to do things you never did … if you’re trying to do something, commit to it. Go hard or stay home."

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