Hip-hop artist T-Pain doesn’t think that urban music is “gay friendly” and he uses R&B singer Frank Ocean as an example. According to NME on Feb. 11, T-Pain says he knows of rappers who won’t work with Ocean because of his sexuality.
In an interview with Vlad TV, T-Pain said the rap industry wasn’t as progressive as the rest of society and homophobia is very much alive.
“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 n**** that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay.”
Ocean has worked with some big names, but T-Pain feels the number should be a lot higher since Ocean is one of the few male R&B singers and doesn’t get called for as many projects as singers like Chris Brown and Miguel.
T-Pain also called out the hip-hop industry for its homophobia in the interview. He brought up his gay assistant and how people’s reaction to him. He said that some people wouldn’t go to him when his gay assistant was around. That is how deep homophobia is according to T-Pain. Back to Frank Ocean, he feels urban music needs him and says it’s “terrible” that rappers will not do a song with him.
Back in 2012 when Frank Ocean came out, he did get notable support from fans and celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Russell Simmons. But according to T-Pain, there is a long way to go in the hip-hop industry when it comes to acceptance of homosexuality.
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