Lil Nas X visits SiriusXM Studios on September 14, 2021 in New York City. (Cindy Ord / Getty for SiriusXM)
Lil Nas X is hoping DaBaby can learn from the backlash that followed his homophobic and anti-HIV comments.
The breakout music icon gave an extensive interview to GQ after being named one of the magazine’s Men of the Year.
Speaking to playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Lil Nas X spoke of being “such a poseur” in high school to fit in with the “rap boys” who “would fuck me up if they knew my secret.”
He said most of them are still his friends, “and I try to remember: sometimes we are brought up in a way that really shapes the way we see people.”
“I always try to forgive people and understand that they treat people a certain way because they think they are doing the right thing,” he added.
When Harris noted that Nas was among the “hypermasculine breakdowns that have happened in hip-hop recently,” Nas admitted, “I’m not going to lie, I feel bad for DaBaby. I hope he will come out of it. I hope he will be able to.
DaBaby suffered a backlash after a derogatory rant at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami targeting gay men and people living with HIV.
He was then banned from a series of festivals, including Parklife, Lollapalooza, Day N Vegas and 2021 Governor’s Ball, but he was due to return to Rolling Loud during his show in New York City. He made a number of soft excuses for his comments.
Lil Nas X went on to praise the women who he said “are the greatest rappers right now,” and predicting that there will soon be “so many” gay and trans rappers. “
“Ten years from now, everything I do won’t even sound shocking. “
Lil Nas X has garnered acclaim and a staunch fan base for being his shameless homosexual – and releasing bop after bop.
The release of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” cemented it as more than just a one-shot wonder, with its music video “bottoming for Satan” stoking the ire of homophobes around the world.
While Nas accepted Video of the Year for the track at the MTV Video Music Awards, he thanked “the gay agenda.”
“OK, first I want to say thank you to the gay agenda.” Let’s go to the gay agenda, ”he said.
Never change, Nas.