Tuesday 21 February 2012, 11:29 | By CMU Editorial
A$AP Rocky: Hip hop needs to stamp out homophobia
Rapper A$AP Rocky has said that hip hop needs to ditch the homophobia so inherent in its lyrics if the genre is to survive. He doesn’t say anything about the misogyny. One step at a time, I guess.
He told Spinner: “I don’t give a fuck about your business. Man, if you’re gay we can be friends. If you’re straight, we can be friends. I’m not gay, I don’t plan on being gay, I don’t condone it and I’m not sayin I’m against it. I really don’t give a fuck and I don’t think anyone should care about what another man’s preference is… unless he’s interested, if you know what I’m sayin”.
Ah, the old ‘It’s fine as long as they don’t do it near me’ argument. A theme continued when Rocky moves on to the subject of openly gray rappers (or the lack of them): “I’m not saying that hip hop needs gay rappers or anything, but they need to stop being so close-minded because that will just cause the genre to fail. Look at pop. Pop doesn’t discriminate against people. Look at Lady Gaga, y’know what I mean? Who the fuck makes the rules for hip hop? Who the fuck dictates who’s cool and who’s not? Fuck you”.
I’m not exactly sure what he does mean about Lady Gaga, but it’s progress.