50 Cent speaks out in support of Frank Ocean
It might become the turning point in the history of hip-hop. Frank Ocean’s candid revelations about his sexuality have not been greeted by the expected wave of homophobia but by expressions of solidarity and support.
The latest artist to speak out in support of Ocean and his recent admission that his first love was a man, was one of the hardest gangsta rappers on the scene, 50 Cent. "Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot," he told MTV. "I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he's created material that made me know his name, that impressed me, with things he said on a song like Novacaine."
The rapper noted, somewhat cynically, that Ocean’s attention-grabbing revelations also coincided with the release of a new album, Channel Orange. "You can call it brave or you can call it marketing, because it was intentional; it wasn't an accident."
It’s interesting to note that the hip-hop community seems to be taking about enlightened attitudes to homosexuality from the very top, President Obama. "Obama is for same-sex marriage," 50 Cent pointed out. "If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?"
It’s an attitude that contrasts starkly with that of one of the USA’s major retailers. The Target chain has declined to stock Ocean’s album, which has been greeted by rave reviews worldwide. It features guest contributions from Andre 3000 of Outkast, and Ocean’s Odd Future band mates Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.