Maybach Music Group’s Wale has clarified recent comments he made about Odd Future’s Frank Ocean blowing up as a gay musician.
Approached by paparazzi, Wale explained he had nothing but admiration for Ocean and the gay community.
“I said Frank Ocean is extremely talented and I know he would have got where he’s at but he got there at an accelerated pace because of his situation. I’m not taking nothing away from Frank Ocean or the gay community – I’m just saying it was a unique situation and people could profit from that accelerated position. That’s all I was saying. But they won’t say that though. I think Frank Ocean is one of the best writers and vocalists in the game right now but [the media] won’t say that though – Frank Ocean’s one of the dopest n*ggas in the game.” (TMZ)
Last week, Wale talked about Ocean benefiting from being openly gay.
“If a dude was gay, man, he’d get a Grammy. They’re gonna make fun of them. They’re gonna throw their Twitter jokes … but in the next three years there’s probably gonna be a dude who’s not even gay that’s just like ‘Man, this is my last resort’ … But nah, I would sign a gay rapper if he was dope. ‘Go ahead man, go do that thing, go do them Versace fashion shows.’ … People are probably going to go bad on me for saying this, but it’s an advantage to be gay in this country right now, that’s just the fact of the matter.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Wale also talked about other R&B artists like Tank and Miguel not receiving as much attention as Ocean.
“He got the Grammy joint, everything … People look at it like you a hero, you a pioneer,” Wale explained. “I’m just saying there’s several other people with the same level of ability.” (“The Breakfast Club”)