Music newcomer iLoveMakonnen has a deep-rooted love for Oregon. The hip-hop artist has credited Portland for inspiring him to come out about his sexuality.

In a new interview, Mak explained why Portland gave him the courage needed to reveal his sexual preference.

He says being in Portland pushed him to stop hiding that part of himself and live as he’s always wanted. “Portland is a place where everyone is being themselves, so I just felt like, I’m living here, and I want to be able to be myself,” Makonnen says. “I guess that’s why I call it my home now.” (Willamette Week)

This week, Atlanta trio Migos apologized for controversial remarks they made about Mak’s sexuality.

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In a new Rolling Stone interview, Migos react to iLoveMakonnen’s recent gay announcement.

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 f*cked 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.” (Rolling Stone)

After iLoveMakonnen’s January announcement, rapper Joe Budden playfully joked about it.

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