Fly Young Red may be a total diva, but that doesn’t make him any less of a dreamboat.
The über sexy Houston rapper sat down with BET’s Clay Cane while he was in New York this week to talk about everything from the viral success of his latest hit “Throw That Boy Pussy” to rumors that he’d been signed to Lil Wayne’s record label, and whether he’ll use his newfound platform for LGBT activism.
He’s everything you wouldn’t expect after watching him beckon a troupe of scantily clad dancers to “sit on his dick” — eloquent, intelligent, and shockingly down-to-Earth.
Red says he had no idea “straight people” would have such an issue with the term “boy pussy.” “I made this for gay clubs,” he said. “I made the video to play in gay clubs.”
On dealing with hate from self-hating gays that think he’s inappropriate:
I’m just doing me. They can put as many labels on it as they want, but I just did what I wanted you to see. The song came out in October, and when they would play the song in Dallas, or when I would perform, everyone would be so shocked to see a gay rapper that nobody would dance. I wanted to show people dancing to the song [in the video], so that when you play it in the club everybody’s cutting up and going crazy. That’s what the song was supposed to be.
On his video being called “misogynistic”:
I mean, it might be. I was just doing a song to show people that you should be dancing to this instead of standing in awe of a gay person [rapping]. It’s a feel-good song.
On whether he thinks he’s an activist:
I think Laverne Cox said it best — she said that she is a model of possibility, and that’s what I want to be. I’m not necessarily saying that I’m going to be an activist, but when I do have people’s ear, I’m going to tell them that we need to get tested; tell them that we need to do better because a lot of gay black males don’t even live to see 30. I’ve had friends that are [now] dead just because they were engaging in risky behavior and risky activity. If you tell somebody that they’re nothing and that they’re less than a human being, and you don’t make them feel proud about themselves, they’ll be more likely to engage in risky activity.
I know that “Throw That Boy Pussy” isn’t the most politically correct term, but it’s just a feel-good song, and now we have something of our own, and it’s going in a different direction. Now that I’ve got their ear, I’m gonna talk about all kind of different things. Maybe I might turn into an activist.
If you feel some type of way because you’re gay or you’re being shunned or you’re being put out, look at me. Don’t be like me, be better than me. Don’t let being gay stop you.
On portraying feminine men in a positive light:
Yes I am [attracted to feminine guys], very much so. I’m attracted to feminine guys or sometimes masculine guys. It’s about the person, it’s about what they have going for themselves, their conversation, the connection. And that’s what I wanted to show. Feminine guys get bottles thrown at them, and they give me a pass because I look masculine — I’m not putting [feminine guys] on a pedestal, but I want them to be a part of this just like I am. When I do this, I do this for all types of gay males that like hip-hop.
On whether he throws his own boy pussy:
Nah, I like to watch it, ya know?
Check out the full interview below:
In a separate interview, Red reveals the reason why everyone believed he’d been signed to Lil Wayne’s record label. “It started out on a satire website,” he says: