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by rocafan on 10/19/2005 07:39:00 AM

Def Jam Denies Use of Kanye Tracks on Gay Shows

Source:sohh.com

 


Def Jam and other rap labels are reportedly fusing to authorize the use of their artists' music on MTV Networks' LOGO, a channel that targets the gay community.

"Noah's Arc," a comedy-drama starring an all black cast is among the new series set to debut on the network. Though the series, directed by Patrick-Ian Polk, features plenty of popular music, sources say labels have refused to allow their music to be used because they don't want to be associated with gay programming.

Apparently, Polk tried to clear Kanye West's music and "got flat out rejected by the label," the director said in a statement. "I'm a fair person, I get that and a lot of times these requests and things don't make it to the artists. But he needs to check his people because that's not cool. The black gay community, and even the white gay community, are big Hip-Hop fans, so they're missing out on a big market by being short-sighted."

The news comes several months after West commented on homophobia in the music industry during an interview on MTV's All Eyes On Kanye West earlier this summer.

"When I was in high school I got called 'fag' a lot because of the way I walked and other little things," West told MTV's Sway during the interview. "And what happened was, it made me kinda homophobic, cause it's like I would go back and question myself, my own feelings."

The Louis Vutton Don later added that after discovering that his cousin was gay, "it was kinda of like a turning point when I was like, 'Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays.' Not just in Hip-Hop. Not just Hip-Hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just get on TV and tell my rappers, tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it."

In other Kanye news, the producer-turned-emcee is among those nominated for a Vibe Award. The Chicago native earned 4 nods including Artist of the Year. The award show is set to air on November 15 on UPN.

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