Macklemore, the performer known for the gay marriage anthem Same Love, praised his gay uncles, and partners, for their influence.
The Seattle based artist was interviewed by the New York City radio station Hot 97. As reported by the Huffington Post, Macklemore listed all of the gay men in his family.
‘I have hella gay uncles,’ Macklemore said to DJ Angie Martinez. ‘On my dad’s side, out of his four brothers, two of those brothers are gay.’
‘And they have their respective partners, and I consider them my uncles as well,’ he continued.
As for the impetus for the song, co-written with Ray Lewis, the singer wanted to hold himself and his peers to a standard of inclusion.
‘I think that looking at the hip-hop community, and holding myself accountable in the hip-hop community, was what I cared about. That’s my community; that’s who I see to be oppressing gay people…Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community and it just gets the co-sign.’
Below is a clip of the interview.