A$Ap Rocky has defended the hip-hop community against allegations of homophobia, insisting many of the world's most famous rappers push for tolerance.

The Goldie hitmaker is annoyed by the perception that rappers are anti-gay due to some artists' choice of lyrics, and insists homophobia in any context is wrong.

He tells Interview magazine, "One big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing. It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid - and that's not the case.

"We've got people like Jay Z. We've got people like Kanye (West). We've got people like me. We're all prime examples of people who don't think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they're gonna represent me. And if I'm gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way."