(AllHipHop News) A$AP Rocky is one of the hottest rappers in the industry right now. His latest album Long.Live.A$AP landed at number one on the charts and since then he has become a fixture at fashion shows and mainstream media outlets, but despite all that success the Harlem native continuously has to addressed one area of criticism that he cannot seem to avoid- the perceived "gay thing" because of his fashion choices.
Late last year Rocky appeared on BET's 106 & Park in what many thought was a women's dress. He later explained that the attire was a high fashion oversized designer t-shirt, but that didn't stop the critics from pouncing on the "Fashion Killa" performer for his abstract apparel.
"Fashion was a natural thing to me," Rocky is quoted telling Interview Magazine according to a report by the New York Daily News. "It was just one of those things that helped me be an individual ... and it helped me get the attention that most people try to get with publicity stunts or by doing other crazy things.”
But does what a person choose to wear represent their sexual preference, and does it even matter? Rocky says it shouldn't.
"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. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to Hip-Hop," says Rocky.
A$AP Rocky also tells Interview that the Hip-Hop community's negative focus on homosexuality is a black eye on the culture.
"It makes it seem like everybody in Hip-Hop is small-minded or stupid — and that’s not the case," says Rocky. "We’ve got people like Jay-Z. We’ve got people like Kanye. We’ve got people like me. We’re all prime examples of people who don’t think like that."
In the March 15th edition of Rolling Stone A$AP Rocky even called himself "the least homophobic cat in rap."
Rocky wants to not only represent a new more socially progressive emcee, but he wants his fans to join him in being more accepting of different lifestyles too.
"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," says Rocky. "And if I’m gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way.”
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