Thursday, August 18, 2005

Kanye West, we never knew ye

Kanye West calls on rappers to stop homophobia
Thursday August 18, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) Kanye West says ``gay'' has become an antonym to hip-hop and that it needs to be stopped.
During an interview for an MTV special, the 27-year-old rapper launched into a discussion about hip-hop and homosexuality while talking about ``Hey Mama,'' a song on his upcoming album, ``Late Registration.''
West says that when he was young, people would call him a ``mama's boy.''
``And what happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, 'cause it's like I would go back and question myself,'' West says on the show, ``All Eyes on Kanye West,'' set to air Thursday night (10:30 p.m. ET).
West says he changed his ways, though, when he learned one of his cousins was gay.
``It was kind of like a turning point when I was like, `Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays.'''
West says hip-hop was always about ``speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people.'' He adds that in slang, gay is ``the opposite, the exact opposite word of hip-hop.''
Kanye's message: ``Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, `Yo, stop it.'''
West's sophomore album hits stores Aug. 30.


Blogger taylorSiluw√© ..... said...

That interview had a strange air to it, sorta like, at the risk of being melodramatic ... like history was being made, like one of those interviews that you're destined to see again & again.

His comments about 'being a momma's boy' and what ensued was honest, and heartfelt, and my boy J looked over at me and said, "Damnit ... now I gotta like him!"

To align himself with gays at a time like this (album 'bout to drop), is a risk that only someone of his 'arrogance' and popularity could easily overcome.

First Raz B Rockin' Pride ... now Kanye. There's something in the air ... can u feel it?

AND Noah's Arc slated to premiere in the fall. Ladies and gentlemen, time to fasten those seat belts ... its 'bout to get bumpy.

2:10 PM  

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