Christian rapper from Houston gets death threats after releasing anti-gay song

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 11:53 AM

HOUSTON -- Christian rapper Mark Felder, known in the industry as Bizzle, has said a lot through his music.

"Most of my music addresses the hood,” said Bizzle. “It addresses the streets.”

But it's one song in particular that seems to have touched a raw nerve among some listeners. In it, the born-again performer takes issue with homosexuality and gay marriage promoted in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit song, "Same Love."

Bizzle’s song is a response, using the same music but different lyrics.

"I've actually gotten a lot of support,” said Bizzle. “A lot of people liked it."

But a lot of people did not. Some of them took to social media to post their strongly-worded opinions.

One critic called Bizzle a bigot and a neo-Nazi. Another accused him of being homophobic. And the rapper claimed he's also received death threats. He’s compiling the remarks in a website sarcastically called LetTheToleranceBegin.com.

"A lot of people are just calling me everything they can call me," said Bizzle. "Everything they can imagine. The people who proclaim tolerance need to be tolerant as well."

He thinks they should be tolerant of a different point of view, one he said he has just as much right to share as mainstream rappers like Macklemore.

“I don’t hate gay people," said Bizzle. "I think people need to give us room to love them and still disagree."

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