It's a slimy art to put hip-hop's swagger-fueled materialism on trial as an outsider. No matter how earnest, learned, and well-intentioned the resulting song is: Preach fiscal responsibility to rap fans and you might as well write a track about pulling up your pants.
I sat down with the King of Autotune at a press event and found that his newly acquired rage against homophobia stems from witnessing his gay assistant, E.J., endure daily rounds of disrespect and discrimination from within the industry.
"My charity, "Big Dreams For Kids", was inspired by when I was a little boy. I grew up in an environment where there was a lot of drug dealing and killing, but we still had the positive role models come down and tell us to dream big."