A$AP Rocky Addresses Homophobia in Hip-Hop
Rapper A$AP Rocky tackles the issue of homophobia in hip-hop in the new issue of Complex magazine along with Jeremy Scott, who is an openly gay fashion designer. The two share the cover of the publication's February/March issue, which hits newsstands on Feb. 7.
In the candid interview, PopCrush's 2012 Artist to Watch alum doesn't see a problem embracing a clothing or design created by a gay man. "I'm not homosexual. That’s not where I’m at with my life. But I can still be greatly inspired by a homosexual," he explains to the magazine. "It has nothing to do with their sexuality. If I start discriminating against people, that will stop me as a person. That’s ignorant. What the f--- does that have to do with anything?"
Rocky hopes that by wearing Scott's innovative Adidas collaborations that it will possibly change people's views about homosexuality. "It’s not like I want to date this m-----f---er -- I’m inspired by this dude," he says. "This isn’t about fashion, it’s what he personally did for me. I’m not saying I’m going to be an activist. I want to enlighten those brothers. I used to be like them, but I’m a grown-a-- man. I don’t care what another man does with his time."
Scott, who has designed clothes for pop sirens Katy Perry and Rihanna, concurs with Rocky's sentiments. "Why does [homophobia] exist in the world? I don’t know," Scott says. "It’s just one of those things. I don’t know why people care about what other people do. When this becomes an issue in politics, that’s the thing that boggles my mind. I heard on CNN that Republicans won’t get behind Mitt Romney because of abortion and gay marriage. Why do you care?"
In the end, Scott appreciates hip-hop culture and says it has motivated him to continue to be innovative with his clothing line and designs. "That’s why I’ve always been inspired by hip-hop artists, because they transform things -- even just the jean, turning it around, inside out, sagging it -- all these different things," he explains. "Yes, of course we get little things from other music movements, but hip-hop has been like, Pow! It’s really inspiring and it’s the only new music that has come along in eons. Rock and roll has been around -- it’s changing forms. But hip-hop is major."