Lil Nas X rose to the top of the charts in 2019. Shortly thereafter, he let the world know that he’s gay. Nas has marketed himself as a pioneer. He’s gone so mainstream that he even did a commercial with Elton John.
Now, a challenger has arisen. In a bizarre tweet storm, iLoveMakonnen made a series of strange claims about his contributions to hip-hop. He claims that he is the true first openly gay rapper.
“I started this gay sh*t.”
“I’m the reason u gay.”
“Ur timeline says otherwise sweetheart cus all I see is that gay shit”
In fairness, iLoveMakonnen did come out two years before Lil Nas X. He told the world in 2017. The announcement came in the wake of his 2014 hit single “Club Going Up on a Tuesday” which was remixed by Drake.
The song led Drake to sign Makonnen to OVO. He’s released two albums and an EP in 2021, but has yet to find the success of that first hit. He said he’s overcome a lot in his career.
“This gay sh*t is the hardest sh*t anyone could ever do. Like y’all don’t be understanding the days a gay be going thru. Shouts out to all my gays , I love u I see u and I am with u! Im always with u, I wouldn’t be who I am today without u. Know that trust and believe anything is possible! I am sending u love love love !”
Consider your pioneering career honored, iLoveMakonnen. Your contributions to the LGBTQ+ hip-hop world are sincerely valued. There’s room enough in the world for more than one gay rapper. Check out the wild series of tweets below.
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