As their profile rises, Migos are getting asked tougher questions. Like what they think about gay trap rappers.
In a feature story for Rolling Stone, the three-man group was profiled for one night in their Atlanta studio. They talked about a myriad of topics ranging from how their song “Bad And Boujee” managed to become a #1 hit with a hook that says “cooking up dope with a Uzi” to how they almost released a song in support of Bernie Sanders.
But for now, much attention is being drawn to a speedbump in the interview. Migos were asked what they thought about fellow Atlanta trap rapper iLoveMakonnen coming out as gay earlier this year.
“Bad and Boujee” was the crazy shit that resulted. The track has put Migos at the forefront of a new wave of Atlanta hip-hop talent that includes friends Lil Yachty and Young Thug. All are wildly different MCs, illustrating the “diversity” that Quavo says is one of the things he most loves about Atlanta. And so I’m surprised by Migos’ reaction when I mention iLoveMakonnen, the local MC who just came out as gay on Twitter. “Damn, Makonnen!” Quavo bellows after an awkward interlude. I mention support I saw online for Makonnen’s decision. “They supported him?” Quavo asks, raising an eyebrow. “That’s because the world is fucked up,” says Offset. “This world is not right,” Takeoff says. “We ain’t saying it’s nothing wrong with the gays,” says Quavo. But he suggests that Makonnen’s sexuality undermines his credibility, given the fact that “he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that.”
He frowns. “That’s wack, bro.”
Judging from this logic, it looks like the Migos have never heard of the “Omar” character from The Wire. Being gay and selling drugs can intersect.
At the same time though, asking the Migos, of all people, what they think of gay rappers reminds you of the time CNN set a trap for Duck Dynasty co-star Phil Robertson when they ask him what he thought about homosexuality.
How much fake outrage do you think will come out of this?