US rapper Wale suggests Frank Ocean and Sam Smith success proves it is an ‘advantage to be gay’

Breakfast Club interview sees Wale claim that both artists have been given a "boost" due to their sexuality

US rapper Wale has suggested that Frank Ocean and Sam Smith owe their success to their sexuality as much as their talent.

The hip-hop artist, a part of Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group alongside Meek Mill, was quizzed on the issue of homosexuality within the music industry in a recent interview.

Speaking to The Breakfast Club, Wale was asked by host Angela Yee if he thought a gay rapper would succeed. Wale argued that not only would they be a success, they would gain an unfair advantage from a world ready to celebrate the issue.

“People are probably going to go bad on me for saying this, but it’s an advantage to be gay in this country right now, that’s just the fact of the matter,” Wale said.


“If a dude was gay, man, he’d get a Grammy,” he continued. “They’re gonna make fun of them. They’re gonna throw their Twitter jokes … but in the next three years there’s probably gonna be a dude who’s not even gay that’s just like ‘Man, this is my last resort’ … But nah, I would sign a gay rapper if he was dope.”

Wale went on to discuss Frank Ocean, who spoke about his experiences in a same-sex relationship prior to the release of 2012 album ‘Channell Orange’, and the openly gay Sam Smith. Wale said that Ocean “got pushed to the moon” as a result of his sexuality: “He got the Grammy joint, everything … People look at it like you a hero, you a pioneer.”

Meanwhile, Smith was deemed “talented enough to do it” but “there’s several other people with the same level of ability. I think it’s a double whammy. Gay and white right now is pushed to the moon”.

Watch the full Breakfast Club interview below: