EXCLUSIVE: Amarillo rapper Adair Lion reflects on the 3 days since his ‘Gay is Okay’ went viral

It's easy to see why some might suspect — or hope — that Lion is gay himself. He's not, but he said some of the hateful comments he's received in response to the video have helped him to understand what life might be like if he were.

“It’s been phenomenal.”

That’s how Amarillo-based rapper and straight ally Adair Lion described the last three days, since his new video “Gay is Okay” exploded on YouTube and beyond.

“I did figure on a large reaction,” Lion told Instant Tea on Friday. “It’s cool to see the YouTube bar on the video be green [indicating likes].”

But while everyone from the Huffington Post to Perez Hilton has posted the video, underground sites that have shown his previous work aren’t touching this one. These are the sites that he felt had his back. Now, he said, they’ve shied away.

—  Rich Lopez

RICH’S MIXTAPE: Super Bowl

With so many concerts going on during Super Bowl Week, clearly music is just as much a part of the game as the game itself. The Black Eyed Peas, Prince and Duran Duran may rock us out, but try these tunes might get help get your game face on.

“Lone Star Uprising” — Hydroponic Sound System: This Dallas band’s downtempo dub is more vibe than anthem, but the Bowl is definitely a shining moment for the state … especially with the Cowboys nowhere in sight.

“Taxi Cab” — Vampire Weekend: Going to the actual game? Uh, don’t bother driving. By train or by cab, you’re better off because parking is going to be a beeyotch.

“Fair Game” — The Like: OK, once that coin toss happens, we do want good sportsmanship throughout … whether on the field or during the drinking games.

“Big Muscle” — DJ Bill Bennett: Yes, most gay men can’t resist some of those beefy players on the field. And since this is pretty much it for the season, this is the time to appreciate and salivate.

“Another Piece of Meat” — The Scorpions: Well, they are! See “Big Muscle.”

“Spit in Your Face” — Kevin Rudolph with Lil Wayne: Just because we want fair, doesn’t mean we want wussies out there. A little trash talk is a good thing — gets the blood going.

“Everything to Lose” — Dido: Both teams are previous Bowl winners so it’s hard to feel sorry for the losers, but there has to be one. Sorry, Steelers.

“Keep on Runnin’” – Journey: Those of us watching from the living room will be yelling something like this at the players. And yes, we do yell at the TV. Don’t question it.

“You Lost Me” – Christina Aguilera, pictured: The Burlesque star will be singing the national anthem and for this we are glad. For the inevitable person who doesn’t understand the game, asks a bunch of questions and still doesn’t get it — well, just play this.

“Four Minutes” – Madonna with Justin Timberlake: At some point in the game, there will be four crucial minutes that could make or break either team.

“You Win Again” – Jerry Lee Lewis: This is what one coach will say to the other in that midway handshake. Either that or something else altogether.

“Game Over” – V.V. Brown: Yes, four 15-minute quarters should equal one hour, but don’t complain. Just listen to some Christina. Otherwise, after a few hours of game time, rad commercials and snacks, it’s time to focus on basketball.

— Rich Lopez

—  John Wright

Grammys Live Blog: Tarantino is embarrassing, Lil Wayne plays with red

Middle-aged Tarantino talking hip-hop in a bad Elvis impersonator outfit is even embarrassing for this Latino. Is the iTunes version of this song unbleeped? I think I’ve heard oh about 30% of this song. Although I feel better that Jamie Foxx and I both use Flip video. Because I roll like an Oscar winner.

I’m an Eminem fan so it’s kinda nice to see him back. I forget what Lil Wayne’s red hankie on the right means.

—  Rich Lopez