Back in January, iLoveMakonnen came out as gay. A few weeks later, Quavo of the Migos responded, “That’s wack, bro,” before saying some bullshit about how Makonnen’s sexuality undermines his credibility. While Quavo and co. subsequently tried to backtrack on those comments, they failed to do so pretty miserably with the misguided statement, “I got a record with Frank Ocean. That closes my case.”
That was all bad, and until now Makonnen’s refrained from responding. But in a new interview with The Fader, Makonnen addresses the matter, saying:
Did someone mention credible and not mention incredible? That’s really my only comment. Was there not an “in” front of that credible? I can vouch for myself. If we look back at the track record, I thought it was “my friend Makonnen teaching me how to whip it.” I thought he was “my friend.” But you see how friends do in interviews. So it’s like, Oh well. With friends like these, who needs enemies. And now you gotta come back with some sorry ass excuse. Nah. That’s only cause you got the #1 record and you didn’t wanna fuck it up.
I’ve seen a few [people online] trying to defend me against the Migos and all that shit. Guys, if you all know me, I’m always about “let’s keep some peace.” It don’t even matter. Migos say whatever they said. It’s a misunderstanding. But there’s no war over here. It can get messy in Atlanta, though, ’cause it’s probably more gays than it is goddamn straights! They will rise!
Later when asked directly if he thinks the Migos have a problem with gay people, Makonnen fired back:
Hell nah, they ain’t got no problem with gay people! They fuckin’ song is “Versace”! Like, the fuck! Nigga, [Gianni] Versace is the gayest nigga. They ain’t got issues with him, why they got issues with me?
Makonnen also went on in the interview to discuss his relationship with Drake, which is also not exactly going great right now. On being dropped from OVO:
Why you wanna play these games? When you got the goddamn mansion out in Calabasas that I came out to and played y’all songs and ended up making you scared because you saw I could make songs on the spot? Why y’all wanna play these games? Why didn’t you just tell me you didn’t wanna fuck with me anymore and just let me go about my way? Why’d you make me chase you all the way the fuck around? And make me look like a fucking fool? Why [voice escalating] would you do this?
He goes on in the interview to discuss the time he was threatened at a VMA afterparty, his use and subsequent disuse of hallucinogens, his life now in Portland, and the aftermath of all the “Tuesday” hype. It’s a long but fascinating read that you should definitely check out if you have the time.