Make no mistake, this is a much bigger deal than Anderson Cooper because the hip-hop world isn’t exactly known for embracing homosexuality and Tyler, the Creator, Odd Future’s front man, has been accused of writing homophobic lyrics — though he did tweet his support for his friend. You can read Ocean’s entire letter at his website, where he doesn’t specifically come out, but does admit his first love was a man. He also gets the NYT’s profile treatment, which addresses the issue.
Anyway, Russell Simmons said Ocean just changed the game with his courage to admit what he did. There’s probably no bigger authority in the hip-hop world than Russell Simmons, except maybe Kanye and Jay-Z, so who am I to understate the importance of this.