Embattled DJ Mister Cee has released a public service announcement through his long-time radio station, Hot 97, to talk about his decision to open up about his sexuality. It’s an incredible four minutes from one of the pillars of the hip-hop community. Mister Cee speaks candidly and honestly about how he struggled with the decision to come out after being kicked out of the closet when one of his latest sexual encounters with a gender non-conforming person was caught on tape and made public.

“The decision I made this week to open up about my sexuality has definitely been the most difficult thing that I have ever had to do in my life,” the legendary DJ says. “But I felt like this was the time for me to do it personally and professionally. For me, I felt worried about how my family would be affected, how my coworkers and my friends and even my fans would be affected by this decision because in this hip-hop community of ours, it’s not cool to be gay.”