Offset gets extremely vulnerable in a new exclusive interview with Esquire.
Today (Feb. 21), the publication published a profile on the rapper, who is one-third of the rap trio Migos.
During the interview, Offset shared a lot about the pain he has endured due to his estranged relationship with his father. The rapper talked about how once he became financially stable, he reached out to his father to offer him some money, but his father turned it down because he didn’t have a stable place to live.
That made Offset feel like his father had added insult to injury. In addition to opening up about the pain his father has caused him, the Migos member also shared a lot about his run-ins with the law, but the rapper wanted to make it a point that he’s human.
“I’m not just all diamonds, pearls, and fancy big houses,” Offset said. “I have flaws like everybody else. I’m a human being, too, and I want to open that up.”
When asked about whether or not love was a topic on his new album, the rapper said, “Hell yeah, I’m vulnerable. I ain’t too tough.”
And in regards to his relationship with his wife, Grammy award-winner Cardi B, the Georgia rapper said that they’re not rushing things.
“It’s been good,” he said. “We’re being more open to each other, raising our baby and taking things slowly.”
Offset stated that his new album made him emotional.
“I cried to myself while I was doing this album ’cause I was talking about my story and my kids,” he said. “When I did a song, I started getting memories of my grandma, my struggles, my partner that was killed, the thoughts I had while I was incarcerated, and my kids’ faces were there in my head. I love my kids, this is who I do it for.”
The father of four said that he just wants to music that people can connect with.
“You can get too personal in the music, but n***** know not to do that,” the rapper said. “You have to put it on a platter where people understand, because people go through it. I’m just trying to make relatable music at the end of the day.”
Offset said that he doesn’t make music for financial gain.
“F*** all that stream sh** because I don’t do music for money,” he said. “It’s my heart. This is what I believe in. It’s my creativity and I do it for the people.”
Although the entertainer has been highly judged for his publicized infidelities against his wife Cardi B, the rap star isn’t worried about onlookers judging him.
“I’ve never let anyone judge me because I’ve been in front of a judge before. And I’m a warrior because of that,” Offset said. “I’ve been in front of somebody that can tell me when I’m going to sleep and when I’m waking up. I’ve been judged the unfair way. When you feel like you’re not a man. To beat that is hard, so whatever you perceive is what you perceive. And that’s on you.”
Offset is hosting an album listening party for his new upcoming album in Atlanta today.
Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth.