Appalling Rolling Stone interview
Why does he have all these guns? "They're fun, they're practical, and bad shit happens," he says. "If you hurt me, I'm gonna hurt you back." Has anyone made threats against him? He shakes his head. "Just being in the public eye. I have a lot of valuable shit. I have a lot of friends I wanna protect."
Malone believes that "genre is stupid," so to him there's no contradiction in making a song with Bieber one moment, 21 Savage the next. But some border crossings are more fraught than others, and as a white man who's become hugely successful in a black art form, he's aware of his status as an outsider. He's had to apologize for an old Vine in which he jokingly used the word "****"; more generally, he's had to answer to skeptics. The most prominent such encounter came in 2015, when the radio host Charlamagne tha God took Malone to task, asking him, among other things, what he was doing to support Black Lives Matter. Malone's answer, he admits, was insufficient: "I guess what I can do to help Black Lives Matter is keep making music. ... I don't know," he replied. Looking back, Malone tells me, "I wish I'd said, 'What are you doing for Black Lives Matter?' Some sassy shit to shut him up. Like, maybe my music's not the best, but I know I'm not a bad person, so you're just being a hater."
He is the definition of White Trash.