Offset Apologizes for ‘Queer’ Lyric: ‘My Passion for Fashion Has Lead Me to a Lot of Gay People’

Offset is currently on the receiving end of major backlash after people noticed a particular line in his verse on YFN Lucci’s song, “Boss Life.” The song has been out since December, but the visuals for the track were released this week, which attracted more people to the song who finally heard one of Offset’s controversial lines: “Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queers.”

The “I cannot vibe with queers” line has stirred up a lot of feelings. For the record, the dictionary definition of queer means strange or odd, but it has for several decades been used in slang to mean gay (in fact, it was specifically selected because it meant strange, so that the word could be used in a derogatory manner). Nowadays, it has become a politically charged term often used by people who want to identify as part of the LGBTQ spectrum but without subscribing to a specific label (the Q in LGBTQ stands for queer.)

Many people pointed out the hypocrisy in the line: at the same time that Offset claims he can’t “vibe” with gay people, he constantly wears designer clothing made by gay men and profits off a business that was, at least in part, built by people who identify as queer.

In addition, some pointed out that Migos have caught heat for homophobic comments in the past. In a February 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Quavo said the “world is f*cked up” because Makonnen’s fans supported him after he came out as gay; he also suggested their fellow Atlanta rapper had damaged his reputation and credibility by coming out. They later issued an apology. In March, Quavo was asked about his reaction once again, and among other things, said: “I got a record with Frank Ocean. That closes my case.”

Finally, Hennessy Carolina, who is Cardi B’s sister, is a lesbian. Cardi B and Offset got engaged last year. 

But among all the outrage, there were still some people who defended Offset. Many decried how quick everyone is to call out anything that is remotely offensive these days, while others wondered if the word is even that bad, or if Offset used it offensively.

Following the controversy, Offset took to his Instagram to apologize. He claims he really was using the word in its original sense, that is, to mean strange or odd. “I got love for all people,” he wrote. “I'm not in a place where I'm hating like that.”

He went on to say: “My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people.” He also insisted he has “mad respect” for them. He was looking for words that rhymed, and found that queer not only rhymed but thematically fit in with the rest of his verse.

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Offset Gets Cardi B’s Name Tatted on His Neck

Cardi B and Offset's relationship sure is eventful. The Shade Room posted an Instagram video on Sunday of the power couple's newest escapade: Cardi's name tattooed on Offset's neck. In the video, we see his neck and a hand with long, manicured pink nails—which we can only guess are Cardi's—pushing his hair out of the way to reveal the tattoo. The person taking the video makes a kissing noise before it cuts off.

 

#TSRTattz – Y’all feelin’ #offset ‘s new #CardiB tatt?

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Jan 14, 2018 at 8:02am PST

 

The two have had a memorable relationship since they started dating in February 2017, about a month after the release of their collaborative cut “Lick.” Since then, they've gone through many ups and downs, most recently dealing with rumors of Offset cheating. Offset allegedly filmed a woman dancing naked in a hotel room a month before he proposed to Cardi on October 27, 2017.

This month, Cardi rather cryptically responded to the accusations on social media. On Instagram, she responded to a fan's comment wondering about the status of their relationship: “Well, if people are talking about it and keep asking me how I feel about the situation, why not let them know? Right or wrong? No, it’s not right for a nikka to cheat… But what you want me to do? Go fuck me another nikka? Start all over again and get cheated on again? This shit happens to everyone,” she wrote. “People handle they relationship different soo.”

But with the Migos rapper's new ink, it seems like all is well in the kingdom of Offset and Cardi B. The Bronx native has had an amazing year, with Billboard announcing that four of her songs are in the top 10 tracks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart—something only Beyoncé's accomplished.

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Chris Brown Could Get Up to 6 Months in Jail for His Pet Capuchin

Chris Brown may be heading back to jail.

The 28-year-old R&B star posted an adorable video (below) last month of his daughter, Royalty, holding their pet baby monkey, Fiji. However, not everyone thought the scene was cute. Some of Breezy's followers voiced concern about dangers of the three-year-old being next to the exotic Capuchin monkey and called up the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to report the pop star.

While Brown isn't in trouble for bringing his daughter and the exotic animal together, the Fish and Wildlife team discovered that Brown didn't have the proper permits to house the Capuchin monkey. Because of this, he can face up to six months in jail.

TMZ reports that Brown immediately turned Fiji over to the authorities when they turned up at his house with a search warrant. Now, his case sits with L.A.'s City Attorney who will be seeing Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, ASAP. Geragos also spoke with TMZ and criticized the city for “using taxpayer money on investigating monkey business.”

“As I leave my office in downtown L.A. and walk past people sleeping on the street on my way to defend people charged by the City Attorney with selling medical marijuana … now spending taxpayer money on investigating monkey business, this completes the circle on his absurdity,” he said.

The Capuchin monkey, which originates from Costa Rica's jungles, is one of the most popular animals in entertainment and is often seen in films like The Hangover 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean as well as on TV shows, like Ross' famous pet on Friends.

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This Clip of Pistons Player Boban Marjanović Dancing Is Guaranteed to Brighten Your Day

Blue Monday, which is widely regarded as the most depressing day of the entire year, is only a few days away, and unfortunately, there is plenty for people to be depressed about right now. Between the stacks of holiday-related bills that are starting to show up in mailboxes all across the country to the awful comments the so-called Commander-in-Chief reportedly made regarding “shithole countries,” there are lots of long faces throughout America at the moment.

So how about something to turn those frowns all the way upside down? Behold, a video of Pistons player Boban Marjanović learning how to dance to “Chicken Noodle Soup”! Marjanović’s teammate Tobias Harris posted it on the ‘gram on Thursday night, and it’s pretty much the best video that we’ve seen so far this week month year. See for yourself.

 

The Bobi & Tobi show!! 😂😂#ChickenNoodleSoup

A post shared by Tobias Harris (@tobiasharris) on Jan 11, 2018 at 7:44pm PST

This is not the first dance video starring Harris and Marjanović. Just last week, Harris tried to teach Marjanović to Milly Rock to mixed results.

But this latest clip is the ray of sunshine that we didn’t even know we needed from Marjanović, and it’s bringing a lot of joy to everyone who has seen it. Just look at these responses.

We don’t know how much more dancing Marjanović is going to do in 2018. But if a 7-foot-3 center from Serbia who is currently playing in Detroit can find a sliver of happiness in spite of the everything that’s going on out there in the world, then so can we. Keep dancing, Boban.

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Nipsey Hussle Called Out for Homophobic Instagram Message

Nipsey Hussle has gotten plenty of attention lately for his business moves, his personal life, and his threats to TV news anchors. But on Monday, Hussle got notice for a whole different reason.

The rapper posted a photo on Instagram of a group of African American boys, all dressed in tuxedos, posing for a photo with a friend of Hussle. He commented in the caption that this photo showed a different image of black men and boys than normally appears in the media. However, he expressed that in a way that got a lot of people upset.

“Demonstration speaks louder than Conversation. They gone feed us every image of our men and boys but this one,” he wrote. “No hyper violent…No homo sexual…No abandoners….JUS STRONG BLAC MEN AND YOUNG Men. RESPECT TO MY BIG HOMIE @bigu1 for Leading with love and intelligence. GOD IS WITH US WHO CAN GO AGAINST US 💪🏾”

His lumping in of homosexuality with violence and other negative characteristics attributed to black men and boys by the media upset many, including noted activist DeRay McKesson.

In a Twitter thread, McKesson criticized Hussle's “homophobia,” saying that the rapper was claiming that “strength is elusive to gay black men.” 

“How does who I love change my ability to wield and/or challenge power?” he wrote. “To many, gay black men… are tools, objects to be used for a purpose. But they are not peers, people equally worthy of respect.”

Hussle responded to criticism from McKesson and others on Twitter by saying that he didn't have to be “politically correct.” “I don't look down on gay people,” he continued. “I take issue with the larger agenda… And my conclusion is there is AN AGENDA.”

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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports Landed One of the Most Exciting Players in the Upcoming NFL Draft

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley has joined Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. The decision was made official on Wednesday when Barkley posted a photo of himself with Hov. 

Other notable NFL players who have signed with the sports management agency include Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. “It was a really easy decision,” Barkley said, per ESPN. “A lot of people came around my way, but they were focused on me and they did a great job at selling my family on setting me up for life, bringing value outside of football. I felt like it was harder for other agencies to pitch that family feel when they were working with 30 or 40 guys.”

Barkley has made it clear to every NFL team that he's more than just a threat running out of the backfield. The Whitehall, PA native has the potential to be a franchise talent for the organization willing to take a chance on him.

This year's 2018 NFL Draft will be begin on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Texas. 

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Rick Ross Takes Jab at Birdman Over Report That He’s About to Lose a Mansion

Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.

The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.

In June, he listed the home for $20 million to recoup the renovations he’s done over the years. You can check out images of the mansion below.

In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.

“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.

“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”

 

From the desk of #RickRoss #birdman

A post shared by Baller Alert (@balleralert) on Dec 18, 2017 at 7:05am PST

Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.

If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?

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George Zimmerman Threatens to Feed Jay Z to “An Alligator” Over Trayvon Martin Documentary

Long before there was an orange President giving neo-Nazis a pass, rational non-racist people were pretty unified in the belief that George Zimmerman was sub-human trash. Zimmerman’s 2012 killing of then-17-year-old Trayvon Martin under the guise of self-defense pretty much drove that point home. 

As if Zimmerman’s subsequent attempts to profit from Martin’s killing weren’t enough, Zimmerman offered further proof when asked about Jay Z’s upcoming documentary about Martin.

“A production team headed by docuseries executive producer Michael Gasparro made unannounced visits to his parents and uncle’s homes in Florida in an attempt to get them on camera,” of The Blast noted in a recent report. “He claims that production ‘harassed,’ his family, but refused to elaborate on what the harassment was. He also would not answer whether his family agreed at any point to go on camera with the producers.”

Heaven forbid Zimmerman and his family should be inconvenienced while Martin’s family is subjected to Zimmerman referencing killing their child by telling The Blast, “I know how to handle people who fuck with me, I have since February 2012.” Zimmerman also made it clear that “anyone who f***s with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”

Suffice it to say, empathy for Zimmerman was in short supply.

News of the documentary, entitled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, initially emerged in the spring. Jay Z struck a deal with The Weinstein Company to air the project via The Paramount Network. It’s safe to assume Harvey Weinstein won’t be involved in any capacity given recent events, but it appears the documentary is still in production.

At press time, no formal premiere date had been announced for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

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Nicki Minaj’s Deleted ‘Great Time to be a White Rapper’ Instagram Post Sparks Controversy

Nicki Minaj posted a pretty nondescript screen capture of the iTunes top 10 charting Hip Hop/Rap songs Saturday night. But it wasn’t the chart itself that got people talking so much as Nicki’s commentary on the melanin deficiency of the artists on the chart. 

“It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki wrote in the caption of her now-deleted post. “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

The chart has since been updated, but you can pretty easily read between the lines and see what Nicki was referencing. Of the 10 songs listed, Migos’ “Motorsport” and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by artists that self-identify as black. 

Nicki wasn’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said about race in rap (or other genres perceived as predominately black) by the likes of Solange, Azealia Banks or even Eminem himself. Defending Post Malone in such a discussion seemed like a curious choice.

It’s possible Nicki considered an Instagram caption wasn’t the best place to try and have a nuanced discussion about race, privilege and music because she ended up updating her caption.

“Update blocking all u sensitive dick riders,” Nicki further wrote. “It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

That post was followed by a clip of J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Angie Martinez, where Cole also discussed the perception versus reality of genres of music traditionally performed by black artists.

“Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as “mad” “angry” “bitter,” Nicki wrote in a similarly lengthy caption. “I’m on 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m blessed & highly favored thx to my amazing fans.”

Before the posts were deleted, Nicki captioned that she was posting “on new developments within the music industry.” There’s plenty of historical context and data to disprove the theory of white artists gaining increased popularity in predominately black spaces isn’t a new development, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now because Nicki’s posts have been deleted.

Much like Nicki’s infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment and the multiple subs thrown at Iggy Azalea, this might lead to some substantive dialogue beyond an Instagram caption. 

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Kodak Black Takes Playful Jab at Jay Z

Hip-hop’s generation gap has never been more prominent. While old heads constantly question the skills and originality of the new wave, the new wave disregards the old heads as out of touch and irrelevant. It’s an intense debate that has resulted in some controversial statements from each side trying to defend their respective era’s superiority. And now, Kodak Black has entered the old vs. new discussion with a bold—and almost laughable—argument: He suggests his lyrics are better than those of Jay Z

Take a minute to let that soak in. Yes, he’s comparing himself to Jay Z—the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop mogul whose discography spans more than two decades. But hey, it might also just be Kodak messing around or trolling, as some call it. 

Kodak made a post to Instagram titled “Rap in the 90’s [sic] vs. rap now” with a side-by-side photo of him and Jay above their own lyrics. The post featured the hook from Hov’s 1998 “Money, Cash, Hoes” song featuring DMX and compared it to the hook on Kodak’s 2016 “I Can” track. The Painting Pictures rapper captioned the image: “Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit.”

 

Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit

A post shared by Project Baby (@kodakblack) on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:40am PST

Kodak tried it. Though we doubt this is a serious jab, many fans were quick to call out Kodak for attempting to prove his lyrical skills were better than those of Shawn “I’ve sold more than 100 million records” Carter.

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