T-Pain: Rappers Are Homophobic Towards Frank Ocean

T-Pain, Frank Ocean

T-Pain: Rappers Are Homophobic Towards Frank Ocean

"Up Down" singer claims Jay Z and Kanye West won't collaborate with Ocean because he's gay.

Published February 11, 2014

There's more to T-Pain's Vlad TV interview, where he called out Kanye West for dissing him. In a second installment of the rambling exchange, Pain takes on homophobia in hip hop.

With a red plastic cup in hand, the "Up Down" singer accused Jay Z and West of shunning Frank Ocean after he came out as bisexual, and he chastised the industry at large for how homosexuality is treated. "If you ain't gay, then gay things shouldn't bother you," Pain said. "Gay people shouldn't bother you. You ain't gon' get yo a** pumped dude, ain't nobody tryna look for you my n***a….you can say things and not be seen as gay."

He went on to say terms like "no homo" are unnecessary. "Be comfortable with your manhood," he continued. "We give you a pass on like five gay things to say. You can say somebody got a big d***… you get a pass on that, at least three times."

The talk then turned to Ocean. T-Pain claimed that the Grammy winner's admission about his sexual orientation turned away collaboration opportunities, particularly with Hov and 'Ye. "He was on the Watch the Throne album before he came out [of the closet]," Pain said. "And since he came out, he can't get in the studio with Jay and Kanye right now."

Truth be known, however, Ocean was featured on Jay's Magna Carta Holy Grail and Ye's Yeezus release just last year. Ocean came out publicly as bisexual via an open letter in 2012.

Click here to read celebrity reactions to his letter.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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