T-Pain turned down the auto-tune and got serious about homophobia in the hip hop community.
The "Blow Ya Mind" rapper had a lot to say to during an interview with VladTV about the use of gay slurs and homophobic lingo amongst his musical peers—even in a post Frank Ocean, post "Same Love" world.
“You ever notice how homophobic n-ggas is all the time,” he said. “It’s like, dude if you ain’t gay, then gay things shouldn’t bother you, gay people shouldn’t bother you."
He also suggested that rappers should cut out the slurs that are still fairly prevalent in rhymes. (Albeit, from his words it’s fairly clear that misogyny has yet to enter into the equation.) He explained:
"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 f-ck b-tches my n-gga."
The Lonely Island collaborator did point out that some things are changing such as "gay friendly" music being played on hip hop stations, but he also points to Frank Ocean as an example of inner-circle prejudice.
"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," he said.
"I know n-ggas that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the f-cking song and that’s so terrible to me man… What I do ain’t going to affect nothing that you got going on.”
Maybe T-Pain can spread his gospel to Eminem?
You can check out the full interview here.