RAP QUEENS — Self-proclaimed heterosexual Kanye West openly acknowledges his own homophobia (even while everyone speculates about the rapper’s sexuality). He also tips hit hat to homos for his own style inspiration. And then there’s 50 Cent, Kanye’s semi-fictitious industry foe, who’s openly taunted Kanye before, most recently in the song “Play This on the Radio,” which features the line, “first they say, ‘That faggot hot'” — though 50 officially denies that line is aimed at West. But it’s never too late for enlightenment! Now that Kanye has gone public (hah!) with his gay fashion roots, 50 says: “I understand now where [Kanye West’s] inspiration is. Prior to him saying that, I didn’t get it. I actually don’t believe Kanye West is gay. He might be sensitive. Trying — try-sexual. But I know he’s not gay. Tony made me know that.” There’s more.
MTV News reports (emphasis ours):
In January, when 50 was a guest on DJ Whoo Kid’s satellite radio show, he hinted that he might have been talking about Kanye on the song when he made reference to West’s sexuality. He also said awards shows like the Grammys have no problem recognizing artists like West or Wayne but are afraid of him.
We caught up with the G-Unit general last week to clear things up. “I never said Kanye’s name,” 50 told us with a grin.
50 does admit to making fun of Kanye’s new haircut and old footage of West that appeared on the Internet recently, in which Kanye said he picks up fashion inspiration from gay men as well as the Japanese culture.
“I understand now where your inspiration is,” 50 said. “Prior to him saying that, I didn’t get it. I actually don’t believe Kanye West is gay. He might be sensitive. Trying — try-sexual. But I know he’s not gay. Tony made me know that.”
“Me?” Tony Yayo asked with surprise in his voice.
“Tony knows a girl that knows Kanye,” 50 explained. “So I know that if he was gay, he wouldn’t know the young lady we’re talking about. She’s one of those video vixens.”
During the conversation, 50 offered a feigned apology for hurting Kanye’s feelings (West has said in the past that 50’s insults are like “being spit on”) and further mocked his fashion.
“I seen the picture. It was so crazy,” 50 said, referring to a photo of Kanye and his entourage during Paris Fashion Week that appeared online several days ago. “It was him and four or five other people. They had on some spandex, cheetah, leopard. That wasn’t gay; that was interesting. Where I come from, you only see [those clothes on] gay people. Once he says gay people are his inspiration, it’s understandable. I don’t have anything against gay people, I just say what I think I’m seeing.”
And then there’s 50’s thoughts on Kanye’s hair — his shag. “I wouldn’t wear that thing on the back of my head, the shag joint. It’s different. It’s something you would see maybe in the Village.” Well, at least he knows about the Village.
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