AceShowbiz - Lil Nas X believes that him coming out as gay in the summer of 2019 is only the beginning of a new culture in hip-hop. In a new with GQ, the "Montero" artist claimed that more gay rappers would appear in the future.
"The whole landscape is very hyper-masculine. I do feel like this newer generation of rappers who are coming in, and the ones who are here, are going to have to reshape their thoughts," Lil Nas X, who is included in the magazine's "Men of the Year" list, said. "Because change is happening."
The Grammy-winning musician continued, "There's going to be so many gay rappers. There's going to be more trans people in the industry and what not. Ten years from now, everything that I'm doing won't even seem like it was shocking."
In the interview, Nas X also mentioned DaBaby, who faced huge backlash over his homophobic remarks during his set at Rolling Loud Festival. When asked if he's a part of the "hyper-masculine breakdowns," Nas X responded, "I think that's certainly true. I'm not going to lie, I feel bad for DaBaby."
"I hope he grows from it. I hope he's able to. But I don't know. The whole landscape is very hypermasculine. It's so great and so amazing that all these female rappers are breaking through. And, in a way, female rappers are the biggest rappers right now," he added.
He also talked about losing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 to Drake's "Certified Lover Boy". "I did feel like that [I had to work harder]. Then I got out of it, and all I thought about was how blessed I am. About where I was three years ago. Nobody even thought that I would be here. Everybody was like, 'One-hit-wonder this, one-hit-wonder that.' And now it's amazing that my competition was Drake," the 22-year-old said. "Drake, with this huge album and the most first-week sales of the year. Plus, Drake's my idol. There are too many other wins to be upset."
Nas X additionally touched the topic of him addressing his family issues on his latest album "Montero". "It was a difficult decision because initially, when I came into the music industry, I never wanted anything about my family life or home life to be out there," he admitted.
"But then, as the pandemic was going on, I was kind of thinking, We're all human beings. We all have similar experiences. I'm sure there's somebody out there with the exact same situation as me. So I might as well open up my life. I want to build a fan base of honesty and authenticity. And I was like, I have to go there. When I feel like I shouldn't do it, I feel like that's when I should definitely go for it," he continued.