Wake up: It’s 2017 and rap is still homophobic, the Migos aren’t too exited about Makonnen coming out

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EDIT: The Migos just issued this statement:unspecified-2

Atlanta rapper/singer Makonnen, previously known as iLoveMakonnen recently took to Twitter coming out as gay. A lot of Twitter users reacted to the news positively, sending their best wishes to the rapper who had the club going up in 2014 and was once signed to Drake’s label OVO. However, on the flip side of things, the Migos aren’t yet ready to give their best wishes to Makonnen. In an interview with Rolling Stone, writer Jonah Weiner commented on Atlanta’s diversity and asked the trio how they felt about it, here’s the full excerpt:

“And so I’m surprised by Migos’ reaction when I mention iLoveMakonnen, the local MC who just came out as gay on Twitter. “Damn, Makonnen!” Quavo bellows after an awkward interlude. I mention support I saw online for Makonnen’s decision. “They supported him?” Quavo asks, raising an eyebrow. “That’s because the world is fucked up,” says Offset. “This world is not right,” Takeoff says. “We ain’t saying it’s nothing wrong with the gays,” says Quavo. But he suggests that Makonnen’s sexuality undermines his credibility, given the fact that “he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that. He frowns. “That’s wack, bro.””

It’s also important to note that the Migos used a racial slur against Chinese people on a song off of Culture titled “Get Right Witcha.” It is also easy to forget the homophobic nature of rap because homophobic slurs don’t find their way into the music as much as they have in the past and rappers PR teams help to make sure that nothing is said to cause a stir. But just because you’re not hearing it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Hopefully others in the rap game come to Makonnen’s defense and chastise the Migos for their headass comments, until then I’ll sit back and listen to “Trust Me Danny” on repeat.

 

Written by Jesse Wiles

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Toro y Moi’s “Omaha” is our track of the day

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Toro y Moi is one of the most talented individuals making music. His project Samantha which came out in 2015 was one of my most streamed album’s on iTunes and all of his albums have been very impressive, specifically Anything in Return and Underneath the Pine.  His newest effort, “Omaha,” takes on a slow, somewhat somber approach that’s laced with undertones of self-loathing. Check it out below and enjoy.

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Vince Staples & Earl Sweatshirt. Photo by Jesse Wiles

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Listen here.

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Mac Demarco announces new “Italian rock” album, drops two new singles

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It’s been a few years since we last heard from Mac DeMarco on his 2014 effort Salad Days. However, the silence is about to end in 2017. His upcoming album, This Old Dog, will feature mostly acoustic guitar, drum machines and synths but will also have a song featuring some electric guitar. DeMarco is calling this album his “Italian rock album.” What that means exactly we’ll have to wait and find out. You can, however, get a taste for what the album will be like sonically with the two new singles “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man.” Both songs are very relaxed and sentimental. Check them out below and keep an eye out for the album.

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