Lil Nas X: the rapper that has become the voice of a generation with his positive lyrics Lil Nas X: the rapper that has become the voice of a generation with his positive lyrics

Lil Nas X: the rapper that has become the voice of a generation with his positive lyrics

He has been in the music industry for three years, but Lil Nas X has upended hip-hop with his LGBT-positive lyrics

After the release of his long-awaited debut album Montero, here's how he became one of his generation's most compelling pop stars.

In 2019, Lil Nas took two genders that are well known for being extremely masculine (rap and country music) and he mashed them together, creating a hit single that came out on Pride month.

After the release of his long-awaited debut album Montero, here's how he became one of his generation's most compelling pop stars.

This is how he decided to reveal his sexuality, and it worked out perfectly well.

"People were waving their pride flags, and it was just so much excitement," he later recalled. "I was like, oh my God, this is it."

"I was considering taking it to the grave," he told the BBC, shortly after coming out in 2019.

"But I was like, I don' t want to live my entire life... not doing what I want to do. And I feel like I'm opening doors for more people. That they feel more comfortable [being out]."

Lil Nas X was painfully aware how young, gay black men were viewed in the rap community.

He was surprised when he saw the reaction of his fans: they didn't care. Old Town Road stayed firmly fixed to the top of the charts for weeks after his statement - eventually becoming the longest-running number-one in US history.

On Twitter, Nas spread his news with typical insouciance. "Thought I made it obvious," he wrote, pointing out a rainbow pattern on the cover of his EP

On Twitter, Nas spread his news with typical insouciance. "Thought I made it obvious," he wrote, pointing out a rainbow pattern on the cover of his EP. Negative replies were swiftly despatched. "Next [person] to say something offensive [is] getting kissed," he declared.

"I definitely make sure I am picking my fights carefully," the star recently told Apple Music's Zane Lowe. "I try to pick out the ones that I'm like, 'OK, here's something to actually talk about.'

"Because if somebody's just like 'trashy gay' there's nothing there. But if somebody is like, 'You're pushing this and this is destroying black men as a whole and emasculation,' actually, this is somebody who actually believes something versus just an insult.

"So it's like, let me talk to this person, because you never know whose mind is flickering. Because I've had a lot of views that I've changed within the last three years, you know?"

If he continues to nurture his better instincts, the 22-year-old stands to become the defining pop star of his generation.

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