Lil Nas X: music industry like ‘be gay without being gay’

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Lil Nas X said on CBS Sunday Morning that the music industry sanitises the sexuality of gay performers. “It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay’.”

The top-selling and multi-award-winning singer/rapper/songwriter said the music industry expects gay performers to tone down their sexuality during performances.

“I feel like I’m definitely much more out there with it. It’s always been, ‘Okay, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitized. Let’s not include anything sexual.’

“It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to express that.'”

Nas, of course, does not ever sanitise his sexuality. The 22-year-old celebrates it. Onstage and in videos, he interacts with male backup dancers the same way straight performers traditionally interact with opposite gender dancers. His lyrics also openly discuss sexuality and gay sex. He said he hoped other artists demand the same freedom.

“I’m saying that I’m gonna do that if I want to. And I want every other artist to feel the same way.”

Old Town Road

Lil Nas X told CBS he came out at the peak of his success with ‘Old Town Road’ because it felt ‘the most authentic’.

“It’s like, I’m not doing it for attention. I’m already like the number one artist in the world right now.”

Lil Nas X said that in his subsequent album, Montero, he ‘just went for it’. Although he does not know what the future holds for him, he said it excites him.

“I have no idea but it’s going to be incredible.”


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