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Video: Jay-Z Speaks On Gay Marriage + More on CNN

For years, rap music chat boards have been home to boundless speculation about who would change the culture of hip-hop by coming out as the first gay rapper. There’s been tons of accusation and recently even a few questionable confessions (Lil B, Nicki Minaj). But Jay-Z may have just changed the game on a far more profound level by coming out as the first non-homophobic rapper (because in hip-hop, as a rule, even the gay rappers are homophobic). In an interview with CNN, Hov went out on a limb in support of POTUS Obama’s newfound stance on same-sex marriage, saying “I always thought it was something that’s holding the country back…what people do in their own homes is their business and you choose to love whoever you love. It’s no different than discriminatin’ against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

The freedom to take such an unconventional stand, of course, may come from having the baddest b*tch in the game (officially) wearing your chain (and now with the addition of Blue Ivy Carter, being the patriarch of the most famous nuclear family in the free world, right up there with the Obamas themselves). And Jay has never made a secret of his status as Obama super-stan and the timing of his Made in America festival (where Hov told Rolling Stone he intends to invite the POTUS to reprise his Al Green cover) with all the flags everywhere seems right in line with his campaign support. But just to balance things out a little, Jay put in a plug for the 1%, too: “We don’t want to knock anyone for being successful in America…the things that were happening were unjust and we should talk about that. Not just successful businessmen because people tend to get that message mixed up you know, like [if] you’re successful, you’re bad.” Watch and dissect above and below.

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