Last summer 2011, rapper A$AP Rocky was first introduced to the music industry, with his singles “Peso” and “Purple Swag”. Together, the singles are nearing a combined eight million views. This Harlemite signed a distribution deal with RCA/Pologrounds before he released his debut mixtape, entitled LiveLoveA$AP. One of the biggest topics in the music industry, that people cannot avoid is homophobia in Hip-Hop. In a recent interview with Spinner, A$AP Rocky spoke about homophobia in Hip-Hop. Below are some excerpts:
“I don’t give a f— about your business,” ASAP Rocky tells Spinner. “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 f— 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’.”
“Who gives a f—?” he continues. “I like women. I love women. I’m not going to not be your friend because you like men. As long as you’re a great person and, aside from that, y’know, you don’t bother me and make me uncomfortable, then let’s be friends, dude.
“It doesn’t matter. You don’t see people for being gay. People need to leave gay people the f— alone. Like, who cares? If you still care about s— like that you need to just hang yourself like the rest of them KKK motherf—ers. For real. Who gives a f—?“
What bothers ASAP Rocky most is that he figures things like homophobia are bad for his music.
“I’m not saying that hip-hop needs gay rappers or anything,” he says, “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 f— makes the rules for hip-hop? Who the f— dictates who’s cool and who’s not? F— you.”
ASAP Rocky figures there are better reasons to hate someone than who a person chooses to have sex with, and he feels hip-hoppers should be more accepting.
“[Hate a person] because they’re a thief or a bad person,” he says. “Don’t hate ‘em for what they choose to do, because they make decisions on their own time what they choose to do. I don’t care and it’s like f—ed up that hip-hop is so retarded. They don’t want to accept nothing.”
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