The rapper, who’s best known as a member of Atlanta hip hop trio Migos, caused controversy during his guest spot on YFN Lucci’s new track Boss Life, where he remarks: “I cannot vibe with queers.”
While the lyric received immense backlash from fans and other artists (including British singer-songwriter MNEK), Offset has since released a statement claiming that he wasn’t using the word ‘queers’ to refer to gay people.
“I have said before that I got love for all people,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.
“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 her having a queer feeling she was 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.”