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Migos’ Offset denies “queers” lyric is homophobic

By | Published on Friday 19 January 2018


Migos member Offset has issued an apology, following accusations of homophobia in relation to a set of new lyrics. Although he denies that he was referring to gay people when he rapped that he “cannot vibe with queers”.

The offending lyrics appear in a line on YFN Lucci’s new single ‘Boss Life’, on which Migos guests. Although the track was originally released in December, it came under closer scrutiny this week with the release of the track’s video. On the record, Offset raps: “Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queers”.

In a post on Instagram, the rapper said: “I didn’t write the line about gay people. I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. 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”.

Explaining how he happened upon the word ‘queer’ when writing his rap, he went on: “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 [someone] having a queer feeling [that they were] 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”.

He added that he was “offended I offended anybody”.

Debate online surrounding Offset’s use of the word “queers” has been fierce, and continues to be so subsequent to his statement. Many have pointed out that this is not the first time members of Migos have been accused of homophobia.