Lil Nas X Faces Criticism From Hurricane Chris For New Single

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US rapper Lil Nas X arrives for the gala presentation of "Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero" during the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on September 9, 2023. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
He asked the rapper to stop playing with people's religion.

Lil Nas X is prepared for everything he does to be controversial at this point. The rapper has often leaned into some of his most attention-grabbing instincts which rarely sits right with his critics. The one group of people that he's often beefed with the most are religious types. They took issue with Satanic imagery in the music video for his smash hit MONTERO. Many similar critics re-emerged last year when Lil Nas began teasing his new era which included references to him entering a Christian era.

Over the weekend, his new single "J CHRIST" finally arrived after weeks of build-up. Unsurprisingly, there were critics right away. Streamer Kai Cenat was one of the loudest to criticize Lil Nas' entire "Christian Era" though he was made fun of pretty extensively online for his comments. Another critique came from one of the rap star's old foes, Boosie Badazz. Boosie has a long history of making homophobic comments and has often directed them at Lil Nas specifically. Subsequently, it was no surprise to fans when he took to Instagram to try and criticize the song and video. Now there's yet another musical figure taking shots at the song.

Hurricane Chris Criticizes Lil Nas X

In a new video shared to Instagram, rapper Hurricane Chris ranted about his distaste for Lil Nas X's new music video. In the clip, he describes the video as "disrespectful" and warns Lil Nas not to play with people's religion. He also takes the opportunity in the video to assure fans that it has nothing to do with him being gay. Chris clarifies that there's lgbtq people he "has love for."

Many online have pointed out the hypocrisy of the backlash against Lil Nas. They're brought up are dozens and dozens of examples of popular rappers taking on the image of Jesus and using evocative religious symbolism. Despite that, they rarely receive similar backlash. What do you think of the various critics Lil Nas X has faced for his new single "J CHRIST?" What do you think of the new song itself? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.