J. Cole

Homophobia has long been a topic in hip-hop, and J. Cole recently garnered criticism for his use of the term “faggot” in his Born Sinner track, “Villuminati”.

On the song, the Roc Nation emcee raps: “My verbal AK slay faggots/ And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say ‘faggot,’ OK, faggot / Don’t be so sensitive/ If you want to get f***ed in the ass.”

After fans heard the track, which was recently leaked, Cole received some backlash. He’s recently addressed the controversy, telling the Huffington Post that he was attempting to playfully “attack” the issue of homophobia in hip-hop.

“There will soon come a day when people, in general, and rap artists specifically, are going to have to answer for their past usage of the word ‘faggot,’ much like the grandfathers who are ashamed that they used the word ‘nigger’ as kids,” Cole explained. “At a time when public acceptance of gay rights is soaring (rightfully), hip-hop culture and general are still battling with homophobia (not excluding myself). Rather than run from it, I chose to attack it, playfully.

“Those lyrics are meant to make everyone uncomfortable for the sake of this very conversation,” he continued.

“Villuminati” appears on his upcoming solo album, Born Sinner, which is due out June 18th.

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