Washington D.C.-based rapper Wale caused some controversy almost two weeks ago after canceling his performance at D.C. Black Pride. At that time, the singer's agent told organizers the rapper would not be "comfortable" at a gay event. On Sunday, Wale made a guest appearance at D.C.'s Black Pride to dispel any notion that he is homophobic. The performance was free, reports MetroWeekly.
The 25-year-old rapper, best known for his track ''Chillin''' featuring Lady Gaga, told Metro Weekly's Ebone Bell: "For anybody to think that my music is prejudice against any orientation...or lifestyle [is] absurd to me and I just had to clear it up."
The decision was announced on Friday. According to Earl Fowlkes, the D.C. Black Pride board member and spokesperson, Wale's team reached out and said the rapper wanted to make amends with the black LGBT community, reports MetroWeekly. "According to Fowlkes, Wale's contract with Black Pride originally would have netted the artist $18,000 for a 45-minute set. Wale will now appear for free as a guest artist, alongside J. Holiday, who stepped in as headliner after Wale backed out."
Very impressive, imo.
Watch Wale's announcement and interview, as well as his performance of "Chillin'" AFTER THE JUMP ...