In just two short years, Lil Nas X has become one of music’s biggest new stars. The Grammy-winning rapper has closed doors in the industry and set an example for how to live fully in one’s truth. But he doesn’t consider himself a role model by any means.
Lil Nas X showed something different to hip-hop
Hip-hop has been notoriously homophobic since its inception four decades ago. While LGBTQ+ rappers had been working for years, many of them never received as much media attention as Lil Nas.
As a Gen Z rapper, Lil Nas grew up on the internet. He famously ran a Stan Twitter account and was fond of Nicki Minaj. So when he took to the stage in 2019, he had an intrinsic knowledge of how to use social media (and media in general) to write his story.
Lil Nas came out in June 2019, while the hit smash breakout single “Old Town Road” dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since that time, Lil Nas has proudly embraced his sexuality in his music and in his performances, angering many gays who would love to see him fail. By taking so much pride in being in a music space that doesn’t welcome LGBTQ+ people, Lil Nas is at the forefront of a new generation of artists who are rewriting music history.
Lil Nas X Admits He’s Not A Perfect Man
Although many people adore him, Lil Nas has never been comfortable with being seen as a role model. he admitted in 2021 interview Apple Music That he is also human like everyone else.
“I really need people to bear with me, because even a lot of the things I say and feel now, I may not feel the same way in two years, you know ?” He said honestly. “This is another reason why I want people to see me as someone who is saying ‘Do what you want to do; be yourself, but try to respect other people.’ But don’t look at me as this ideal hero who isn’t going to make mistakes and be the voice for everyone or something.”
“No, you are doing voice for You,” he concluded.
Some rappers want to work with him
As a result of being open and honest about his sexuality, Lil Nas has not received many calls from other rappers in the industry to collaborate. The only other EMCS on their debut album Montero There are Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion and Jack Harlow.
He admitted that most other black men in the industry don’t care to work with him. But rapper Kid Cudi spoke up.
“N– I’ll do woo and glee in singin’ rose gardens about my pain,” he told Lil Nas in a Tweet.
Lil Nas was thrilled about the prospect, Tweet: “U heard it here first, for baby cuddy x lil nas” Montero Deluxe [version]”
Lil Nas X was ‘uncomfortable’ during the recording of his hit song ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’