A$AP Rocky: ‘People Say I’m Gay Sometimes, But I Have a Lot of Bitches So Why Would I Care?’

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Rapper A$AP Rocky is asked by Mr. Porter if his masculinity is ever called into question because of his interest in fashion:

A$AP arrives at the MR PORTER shoot wearing clothes by Jil Sander, Balenciaga and Junya Watanabe, but, again breaking the rap mould, says he has no plans to set up his own fashion brand. "I don't want to. It would be disrespectful to take my stardom and bully my way into the fashion industry, because I didn't go to [fashion] school to learn about design, sketching and fabrics. I just enjoy it; I'm a consumer." Given the macho nature of the hip-hop world I obliquely ask if A$AP's interest in fashion, and the cut of his jeans, have ever led people to call his masculinity into question. He responds bluntly: "People say I'm gay sometimes, but I have a lot of bitches so why would I care? It doesn't bother me at all. You know why they say that? Because they can't say that I suck, they can't say that I'm not handsome, and they can't say that my lyrics are wack, so they say that I'm gay because they don't have anything on me."

Comments

  1. jjose712 says

    Well, at least he is not homophobic, sexist is just another story.

    In fact i think hip hop singers and rappers are going to move on from homophobia, but i think it will be a lot more difficult to move from misoginy and sexism. And the fact they are surrounded of women who totally fit in the stereotype it doesn’t help either

  2. sean says

    “People say I’m gay sometimes, but I have a lot of bitches so why would I care? They can’t say that I suck, they can’t say that I’m not handsome, and they can’t say that my lyrics are wack.”

    People can’t say you’re modest or smart, either.

  3. says

    Never heard of him either, but I’m not a rap consumer.

    His overall message is pretty awesome, though his delivery might need some work. Then again, this might be just the way to put it for his audience – young people who listen to rap and hip-hop.

    People who call him gay think they’re insulting him, because they can’t legitimately criticize anything else about him (except, apparently, as Towleroad readers have maturely pointed out – his self-confidence and manner of speaking), but he knows he’s not gay so he doesn’t waste his energy on it.

    Good for him!

  4. SFshawn says

    “It doesn’t bother me at all”
    Obviously it does since your making an issue out of it!
    Authentic straight men don’t respond to something that isn’t true about their sexuality. Closeted men do.
    Dude sounds very closeted. Sad.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    @CHRIS,

    I’ve been Googling him for about 15 minutes now. I couldn’t find the nasty slur against Lady Gaga. But admits he was an angry young Rapper. When the money started rolling in he “evolved”.

    But there was an interesting interview he did with some magazine called “Spinner”. In the interview he said that hating Gay people was “retarded”. Not an appropriate word to use. He should have just said, “hatin’ on Gay people aint wack.” Does that make sense in Hip Hop language?

  6. disgusted american says

    excuse me – but as a Gay man I aint interested in women..but show some respect dude….and you have to wonder – What kind of women align themselves with this kind of thug who refers to them as his bitches?

  7. JD says

    I really have no idea who he is, but he was on Kathy Griffin’s talk show a couple weeks ago, with some other rapper with missing teeth, and Russel Brand. She brought up gay marriage and some other “gay” topics. He again gave an “i don’t care” type answer. Anyone willing to go on her show can’t be too big a homophobe.

  8. BRUTHER says

    This pathetic grunt is just another sleeze-rot from the gun-toting underbelly of black America with his tone of angry swaggering ignorance. Anyone who thinks this guy is interesting (or “hot” – a ha a ha a ha ha ha) should spend a week with him, then come back and give us a report.

  9. Shaunie says

    @Bruther: Met him 4 times (once before fame and 3 times at concerts) he’s a sweetheart. You don’t like his delivery, but he didn’t mean any harm in what he says. He’s friendly and respectful to everyone unless they disrespect him (or anyone that he’s alright/cool with).

  10. DC Arnold says

    Any publicity is good publicity, aside from the language I don’t find him too objectionable. I don’t listen to rap but never knew having a keen sense of fashion was a crime.

  11. ratbastard says

    He has the ability to dress like he does and pull it off. Some people have it…most don’t.

    And I find it mildly offensive so many people still connect dressing like him or being a fashionista = gay man. That’s the real ‘homophobia’.

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