Wale Performs At DC Black Pride; Apologizes To LGBT Community

Washington D.C. rapper Wale performed at the D.C. Black Pride Festival this weekend, after being criticized and labeled homophobic, for attempting to back out of the gay-friendly concert.

The rapper was booked to perform at the venue, but allegedly attempted to back out when he found out it was a gay-friendly event.

After canceling the May 30th date due to this “work schedule,” the rapper capitulated when organizers went to the media and aired the rapper out.

Wale apologized for attempting to cancel during his performance and blamed his team for the confusion.

“One thing I stand for is Hip-Hop music,” Wale said on the stage.  “Hip-Hop music knows no race, no color, no age, no, gender, no sexual orientation or none of that. The most important thing about it is the music and if it makes people happy that’s why we are here.”

The rapper stated that he would never abandon his hometown of Washington, D.C. and that he had spent over $50,000 of his own money to make sure his image and branding was right.

According to Wale, his music knows no boundaries and is made for everyone to enjoy.

“I will say that sometimes in this business, you get a lot of people who don’t understand that or have the same beliefs as you do,” Wale said. “And I apologize for not having my best foot forward. And I am going to do better.”