T. Pain Says Artists Won’t Work with Frank Ocean Since He Came Out
By Cavan Sieczkowski
Rapper T-Pain went on an expletive-filled rant about homophobia in hip-hop, claiming that some artists won’t even work with Frank Ocean since he came out.
T-Pain (Faheem Rasheed Najm) went off about homophobia in the rap industry during a recent interview with Vlad TV. For six minutes, he discussed the prejudices that still exist.
“I think the radio is getting more gay friendly,” he said. “I don’t think urban music or anything is getting more gay friendly. If that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs. I know n—–s that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the f–king song and that’s so terrible to me, man. It’s like, ‘Dude, my lifestyle ain’t gonna change how people see you.’”
He went on to cite Ocean’s prior work with Jay Z and Kanye West on their 2011 collaboration, “Watch the Throne.”
“Like, he was on the ‘Watch the Throne’ album before he came out,” T-Pain said, “and then when he came out, it’s like he can’t get in the studio with Jay and Kanye right now. It’s so f–king terrible. … It’s in his f–king genes. It’s not a f–king choice. The man came out like that, and you can’t just f–king disown this man because he’s living a certain life that you don’t f–king approve of because somebody told you not to approve of it.”
Ocean came out in 2012, announcing in a blog post that he had been in a romantic relationship with a man when he was 19. The singer-songwriter received an outpouring of support from fans and celebrities alike, including Beyonce and Russell Simmons.
This is not the first time T-Pain has spoken out against anti-gay sentiments. In April, he tweeted at all the “homophobic idiots” who thought his gay assistant was interested in them.