T-Pain: There are rappers who won't work with Frank Ocean because he's gay

Rapper also criticised use of the term 'no homo'

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T-Pain has spoken out about homophobia in hip-hop, claiming that he knows artists who have decided they don't want to work with Frank Ocean purely because of his sexuality.

The singer told Vlad TV that he believes the perception that rap has become more 'gay-friendly' in recent years is a little off the mark.

"I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly," he said. "I don't think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs.

"I know n***as that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay, but they need him on the f**king song and that's so terrible to me, man... What I do ain't going to affect nothing that you got going on."

Frank Ocean became one of the first mainstream hip hop artists to talk openly about his sexuality, posting a blog entry regarding a relationship he had previously had with another man shortly before the release of his last album Channel Orange.

Frank Ocean wrote publicly about his sexuality last year (Picture: Getty)

T-Pain also took to task the use of 'no homo' as qualifying remark at the end of lines.

"You ever notice how homophobic n***as is all the time? It's like, dude if you ain't gay, then gay things shouldn't bother you, gay people shouldn't bother you," he added.

"You can say gay things but not be seen as gay. You don't gotta say, 'No homo.' You ain't gotta say, 'I want a hot dog, no homo...' Be comfortable with your manhood. We know you f**k bitches my n***a."

The rapper has been vocal in his opposition to homophobia before, tweeting last year: "Attention all homophobic idiots: if you're not attractive to straight women, you're probably not attractive to gay men. You can unclench now."