Lil Nas X might be the artist that has taken 2021 by storm. His undeniable trolling ways have tongues across the globe wagging religiously. From him twerking on the devil after careening down a stripper pole to hell, to lawsuits from Nike thanks to his limited edition “Satan shoes” that he announced earlier this year, to the kiss with his dancer that rocked the BET Awards stage, Lil Nas X has seemingly got the public right where he wants them. As he continues to remain the topic of conversation while thriving and breaking records, the rapper just announced another milestone that nobody else has achieved.
One thing’s for sure and two things are for certain: Lil Nas X is going to be himself and be unapologetic about it in the process. The “Call Me By Your Name” rapper released his latest single, “Industry Baby”, recently along with its racy visual. Much like the first single from his upcoming album Montero, the chart-topping Hip-Hop star included scenes in the video of men dancing fully naked in a prison shower, along with others. Undoubtedly, the video received the expected criticism amidst the praise.
Lil Nas X faced tons of scrutiny and backlash following the release of his music video. Multiple detractors felt as though the rapper was fulfilling the everlasting topic of the “gay agenda” as well as using his platform to manipulate children into becoming homosexuals along with emasculating Black men. Lil Nas X took to Twitter to respond to those individuals that expressed those concerns.
“[The] truth is there is no attack,” wrote the rapper. “[You] view femininity as weakness. you don’t like gay black men because you are afraid of black men, as a whole, being viewed as weak. you cling on to your masculinity because without it you have nothing else going for yourself.”
the truth is there is no attack. you view femininity as weakness. you don’t like gay black men because you are afraid of black men, as a whole, being viewed as weak. you cling on to your masculinity because without it you have nothing else going for yourself. https://t.co/JQcwf0RrSR— nope 👶🏾 (@LilNasX) July 24, 2021
The backlash would continue, some coming via the mouthpiece of rapper Boosie Badazz who took to Instagram to offer a homophobic-laden rant against the rapper while defending DaBaby after he came under fire for making divisive and homophobic comments at this past Rolling Loud festival. Boosie also included threats to the rapper after he announced that he and his Industry Baby collaborator, Jack Harlow, would be performing the song naked together.
Everybody not with that s**t. You just can’t just put that s**t on everybody and expect it to be cool,” said the rapper as captured by DJ Akademiks. Rapper T.I. could be found in the comments saying “more facts”, doubling down on his stance and support for DaBaby’s comments. Elsewhere in the rant, Boosie could be heard referring to Lil Nas X as a homophobic slur as well as the “most disrespectful [MF] in the world.” This all pushed Lil Nas X to further share that Boosie’s comments were “not what we meant by freedom of speech.” He also chose to respond to the “negativity from his peers”, something that he says he usually does not do, by sharing a clip which upon clicking the link leads you to his music video for “Industry Baby.”
Prior to his various releases, Lil Nas X shared that he had been working hard leading up to them, which made him extremely prepared for the outcoms. However, he felt the need to express how scary this journey is for him in the form of a letter he wrote to his younger self, encouraging him to push through as it would help others like himself.
“You see this is very scary for me,” he admitted. “People will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the f**k out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be. Sending you love from the future.”
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Nevertheless, Nas has much to celebrate as he once again has two songs currently in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 charts for the second time, as he originally achieved this feat with his debut single “Old Town Road” as well as “Panini.” In some different news, the rapper also found out that he has been announced to be the first artist ever to surpass more than 1 million dislikes on Youtube for his “Call Me By Your Name” video. Since being released 4 months ago, the video has now amassed over 312 million views on Youtube.
Taking it all in stride, the rapper shared the news to his Twitter followers along with a note of thanks to his fans for the achievement. Check Lil Nas X’s reaction to the news below.
thank u to everyone who made this possible. i am nothing without you guys lack of support. 🤍 https://t.co/71yoIAPpob— nope 👶🏾 (@LilNasX) July 31, 2021