Snoop Says Not Even Frank Ocean Can Change Rappers' Minds
BY Lucas Grindley
April 07 2013 3:59 PM ET
Don't expect all of the industry to embrace gay rappers, predicts Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg).
Snoop has said he supports marriage equality, but he told The Guardian that much of the rap world remains unwelcoming to gay people and isn't likely to change.
"Frank Ocean ain't no rapper. He's a singer," Snoop said about the coming out of the Odd Future frontman turned Grammy-winning solo artist. "It's acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine."
In the interview with the British newspaper, Snoop compared the state of rap to the NFL.
"It's like a football team," he said. "You can't be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, 'Hey, man, I like you.' You know, that's going to be tough."
But Snoop has seen some things change over time.
"It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the 90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life," he said. "Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black."
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