During an interview with XXL, Lil Nas X said he doesn’t get respect from his peers in the music industry because of his sexuality.
According to him, certain rappers don’t want to work with him because he’s gay but wants them to accept him because he’s here to stay, The Blast reported.
“Honestly, I don’t feel as respected in hip-hop or many music places in general. But these are communities that I am a part of, whether people would like it or not. This is something that I wanted to do because, not that my entire album is rap, but there are rap tracks on my album. I am a rapper. I am a pop star. I am a gay artist. But it’s like, I belong in these places, you know?”
The artist has been very outspoken over the recent years, specifically about his sexuality as a gay man. He came out in 2019, the same year his hit single “Old Town Road” topped the charts.
But many criticize Nas X because of how open he is. But he still continues to deliver his highly controversial music videos despite what people have to say.
Nas X felt it was vital that he remain authentic to who he was and that it was his duty to come out.
“I honestly felt like it was kind of my duty. Especially if I wanted to move forward. And what I was doing, because authenticity is very real, and I feel like people can see right through that. And that’s a part of me.”