Homophobia in hip-hop has been a hot topic for a while now. T-Pain is the latest urban artist to speak out on the topic, recently doing so in a sit-down interview with VladTV. Though a number of rappers have come forward with preaching acceptance, Pain says homophobia in urban music circles is still a big deal. “You ever notice how homophobic niggas is all the time,” said T-Pain when questioned about the topic. “It’s like, dude if you ain’t gay, then gay things shouldn’t bother you, gay people shouldn’t bother you. You ain’t going to get your ass pumped dude, ain’t nobody trying to look for you my nigga,” he added.
The Tallahassee entertainer went on to speak on the homophobic lingo that has become custom in some circles. “You can say gay things but not be seen as gay. You don’t gotta say, ‘No homo.’ You ain’t gotta say, ‘I want a hot dog, no homo…’ Be comfortable with your manhood. We know you fuck bitches my nigga,” he said.
Pain conceded that the radio is currently opening it’s doors to “gay friendly” music but said the entertainers themselves have a long way to come, citing Frank Ocean’s situation as an example. “I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly,” he said. “I don’t think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know niggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the fucking song and that’s so terrible to me man… What I do ain’t going to affect nothing that you got going on.”
Check out the entire interview, below.