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Rapper Claims Yo Gotti's CMG Label Shelved Him After Discovering He Was Gay

Rapper Plane Jaymes is calling out homophobia in the hip-hop community.

Rapper Plane Jaymes is calling out homophobia in the hip-hop community after being shelved by Yo Gotti and his CMG label for being gay. 

The recording artist took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his grievances after keeping quiet for two years. He explained that his deal with the label fell through after the men learned he had a boyfriend. 

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@yogotti You said you believed in me and wanted to help me change ppls lives for the better. Up until you & @keonn55 found out I had a boyfriend. I looked up to y’all. I gained a lot of experience from being with y’all and I’m forever greatful for that. But the fact that me being gay is why y’all no longer wanted me apart of the team is honestly fucked up. I took these pics down cause keon told me to just so y’all could be “comfortable”. Y’all won’t put my music out but I’m still stuck in that contract I signed w #CMG which says y’all own the rights to pretty much all my publishing & everything I do unless y’all terminate that contract. Can’t reach y’all thru phone/email & that ain’t been working for over 2yrs so if I’m “canceled / shelved” & not family like y’all said I was, all because I’m gay then what’s the deal. Tired of struggling all because of who I chose to love. And if this is how it’s gonna be I’ma just have to chalk putting out music period.

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Jaymes expounded on his claims in a Wednesday interview with DJ Booth where he revealed the turmoil began after rumors about his sexuality began to circulate. 

“By the time I was ready to get my ticket to leave from Florida to go do some work with Gotti’s homie B Mimms, I had got a call from two of my friends saying, ‘Yo, somebody’s spreading a rumor about you being gay,’” Jaymes told the outlet. “I got a call from my manager, and he was like, ‘Is that what’s going on? Well, I don’t rock like that, son. I’m out.’”

Shortly following this conversation, in January 2017, he said he received a call from CMG Vice President Keon in which he revealed the label "don’t really f**k with nobody like that.’”

Knowledge of the incident caused many to call out the need for a talk about homophobia in popular culture, especially the hip-hop and black communities.

Despite the offenses here, Jaymes assures that he doesn't harbor hatred toward the CMG crew. However, he does deserve respect as that's only fair. 

"Honestly, I believe in fairness," Jaymes concludes. "I don’t believe in getting over on people, I just believe in not making anybody’s life miserable out of spite."

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