Offset has denied accusations that his latest feature is homophobic.
The rapper, who’s best known as a member of Atlanta hip hop trio Migos, caused controversy during his guest spot on YFN Lucci’s new track Boss Life, where he remarks: “I cannot vibe with queers.”
While the lyric received immense backlash from fans and other artists (including British singer-songwriter MNEK), Offset has since released a statement claiming that he wasn’t using the word ‘queers’ to refer to gay people.
“I have said before that I got love for all people,” he wrote on Instagram. “My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I’m not in a place where I’m hating like that.
“When I wrote that I was thinking of words that could rhyme with the others (here, lear, solitaire, bear) and I saw this definition about her having a queer feeling she was being watched and it fit what I was thinking about a stalker creepy paparazzi situation.
“To me that ‘queer’ I don’t mean someone who’s gay. I mean lame people who film you, post it and stalk you. Lingo that means strange or odd.”
Offset accompanied the attempt at an explanation with a screengrab of the Google definition of queer as ‘strange’ or ‘odd’, along with the example: “She had a queer feeling that they were being watched.”
Read his full statement on Instagram below.
It’s certainly not the first time Migos have faced accusations of homophobia – in February last year, the trio reacted badly when asked about fellow Atlanta rapper iLoveMakonnen, who had recently come out as gay to his fans.
“They supported him?” asked Quavo in the Rolling Stone interview. “That’s because the world is fucked up,” added Offset. Third member Takeoff said: “This world is not right.”
The trio later issued a statement apologising “if they offended” anyone, with Quavo using the age old ‘but I have gay friends’ excuse when he told Billboard: “I got a record with [bisexual singer] Frank Ocean. That closes my case.”