A$AP Rocky discusses gay rights
It's no secret that rapper A$AP Rocky loves to stand out from his peers by wearing eccentric and high fashion styles. Most recently, the hip hop star opened up to Interview magazine about how his love for mixing jeans with fashion-forward blazers and grills is directly linked to where he grew up.
The makeup of a man
Rocky told the news source he grew up in Harlem and from there started to explore SoHo and the lower East Side, which are known for being much more artsy and creative than the other boroughs of NYC. He believes going back and forth to these different locations allowed him to grow as both an artist and a person, making him more accepting of people's individuality and even their sexuality. Rocky admitted he doesn't understand why homophobia still exists - especially within the rap game.
"... One big issue in hip hop is the gay thing. It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy," Rocky said in the recent interview. "We've got people like Jay-Z. We've got people like Kanye. We've got people like me. We're all prime examples of people who don't think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they're gonna represent me. And if I'm gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way."
Spreading equality in hip hop matters
Rocky isn't the first rapper to announce his support for equal rights, as rapper Macklemore, who currently has the hit single "Thrift Shop," with Ryan Lewis, wrote another song in support of same-sex marriage. MTV News reports the video for his song "Same Love," features same-sex marriage couples. Many other big names within the music industry have also showed support for crooner Frank Ocean, who admitted he was gay in an open letter in early July 2012.
The support for equal rights in the music industry may be more important than ever - March 26 marks the day in which the Supreme Court will begin discussing whether or not California's current gay marriage ban is constitutional. MTV reports a recent nationwide poll has found support for same-sex marriage has increased to 53 percent, while support from people between the ages of 18 and 29 is even higher (74 to 81 percent).