August 18, 2005: Kanye West Calls Out Rap For Being Homophobic
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Kanye West told MTV during an interview that homophobia in the hip-hop community was wrong, something no rapper of his profile had ever really done before.
Said West, "hip-hop was always about speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates, I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it'."