Lil Nas X says the ‘hypermasculine’ music industry is evolving

Lil Nas X David Artavia Mon, November 15, 2021, 8:44 AM·4 min read In this article: Lil Nas X American rapper and singer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 06: Lil Nas X attends the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage) Lil Nas X says the music industry is experiencing a huge reawakening, and that LGBTQ artists will flourish. (Photo: Taylor Hill/WireImage) It goes without saying that Lil Nas X has broken several molds in the music industry since his breakout single “Old Town Road” in 2019. By simply being a Black gay rapper, Lil Nas X challenges the image most people have attributed to successful artists in hip-hop — one fueled by machismo and often homophobic, misogynistic rhetoric. But as he told playwright Jeremy O. Harris for GQ’s latest cover story, all he is trying to do is be himself.

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