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Sam Smith Teams Up With A$AP Rocky For 'I'm Not The Only One': LISTEN

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Openly gay crooner Sam Smith has been on a tear this summer with his wildly popular unrequited-love-themed-album In the Lonely Hour. Now he has teamed with A$AP Rocky for a new version of single "I'm Not the Only One."

The rapper, who also enjoyed a successful debut after receiving a Grammy nomination this year, has spoken openly about his support for LGBT equality. He also had the misfortune of engaging in an extremely awkward, homophobic-seeming award show introduction with out NBA player Jason Collins (for which he later apologized).

These two make a wonderful odd couple pairing, then--and we think to great effect! 

Take a listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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A$AP Rocky Apologizes to Jason Collins for Appearing Homophobic at the MTV VMAs: VIDEO

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In an interview with The Stashed, A$AP Rocky apologized for the awkward introduction he gave of Macklemore's "Same Love" at the MTV VMAs when he took the stage with gay NBA player Jason Collins.

Said Rocky:

“I’m mad that my facial expressions was like that because I’m not homophobic at all, and that whole thing just came off real homophobic. I didn’t really notice it until I got home and saw it. I apologize to Jason for that, because people was laughing and s**t, and you know… I really don’t think that’s funny. I saw they were making all the memes and pictures and making fun of him. There’s people out there that think I was doing that to be funny, and truthfully I got gay people in my family. I don’t give a f**k if you gay or you not, I just found it odd that MTV wanted to stand me next to this ni**a when they are talking about gay people, that’s all. You know what I’m saying?”

Watch the moment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Rocky has spoken out in support of gay equality, telling Interview magazine in March:

"It makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid—and that's not the case. 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. 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."

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Rapper A$AP Rocky Speaks Out for Gay Equality

Rapper A$AP Rocky sits down with Interview magazine and touches on his support for gay equality:

RockyFor me, growing up in Harlem and then migrating down to SoHo and the Lower East Side and chillin' down there and making that my stomping ground . . . That was a big thing, because I'm from Harlem, and downtown is more artsy and also more open-minded. So I got the best of both worlds. It was like being on the streets and then being in school at the same time, and I tried to keep my hands in everything just so I wasn't missing out on any fun. I just always wanted to be knowledgeable of my whereabouts, my surroundings, and what was going on with our generation.

So now that I'm here and I've got a microphone in my hand and about 6,000 people watching me, I need to tell them how I feel. For instance, 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, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid—and that's not the case. 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. 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. And if I'm gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way.

The rapper was interviewed by Mr. Porter in February. He told them:

"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."


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."


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