Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is the latest hip-hop artist to weigh in on R&B singer Frank Ocean announcing his bisexuality this summer and fully supported his controversial move.
While supportive of Ocean, he contemplated what impact a pre-fame announcement would have had on his career.
Mac continued to salute Frank Ocean for speaking on his sexuality back on July 4. “I think it was the dopest shit anyone’s done this year,” Mac Miller said. “Him coming out and being gay was cool as f*ck. Because it was like alright… No one’s done that sh*t before. That’s like risky as hell. And I’m sure there’s a lot of people who could, but he made the illest music and then said that and people were like, ‘Okay. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. … I am just curious as if he would have came out like that from the start, what would it be like. But I’m glad it happened. I think it was dope. That was legendary.” (Billboard)
In July, New York rapper Mysonne stood behind strong comments he made going at Ocean over his unexpected news.
“Well basically what I said was I felt that he made a cowardish move. When you come into this industry, we’re all faced with dilemmas and we’re all faced with choices and I think when you take a choice to deceive a fan base based on whatever it is, whatever it is that you represent — don’t wait until you get a fan base following you because they think you represent something else and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, I just happen to be bisexual or gay. Especially as an R&B artist. I felt that the timing, also, made it real suspect to me. … It had nothing to do with your sexuality. If a homosexual had made the same statement and had came out and he had fooled every gay person to following him and said, ‘You know what? I’m straight now.’ I just think it’s deceit and I just think it’s cowardish and I think for us not to acknowledge what it is — gives off the wrong sense of what we stand for.” (VLAD TV)
Recently, West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg explained what the repercussions would have been if he made the announcement decades ago.
“People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different,” Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview. “When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that,” Snoop said of Ocean’s revelation. “There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know.” (Ocala)
The crooner recently revealed the truth behind releasing his open letter on Independence Day.
He said that his open letter was written in December 2011 with a view to include it in the album sleeve notes in order to pre-empt speculation that might arise from some of its songs addressing men. “I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he said. “I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.” The Odd Future member also downplayed the risk in his coming out. “People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American.” (Guardian)
Check out a past Frank Ocean interview below: