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Lil Nas X Claps Back at Boosie Badazz's Homophobic Slurs & Violent Threats: 'This Had to Be Said'

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Lil Nas X attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Following a homophobic rant from Boosie Badazz, Lil Nas X is clapping back with some choice words of his own — and a little bit of trolling.

On Thursday (July 29), Lil Nas took to his Twitter to address a rant in which Badazz used homophobic slurs about the 22-year-old and threatened to "beat his ass." Retweeting a screenshot of comments from former Lakers star Nick Young calling Badazz's comments "facts" and "freedom of speech," Lil Nas quickly shot him down. "a n---a saying he will 'beat my f----t ass' is not what we what we meant by freedom of speech," he wrote.

The response came after Badazz's rant, in which the rapper defended DaBaby's homophobic comments about HIV and AIDS at Rolling Loud Miami, while also going after Lil Nas X and calling him "the most disrespectful motherf---er in the world," along with using multiple homophobic slurs. He also commented on a tweet Lil Nas X put out, joking that he and Jack Harlow would perform the song naked at the VMAs for charity, saying, "If I’m at the awards and he go up there naked, I’ma drag his a-- offstage and beat his a--."

In other excerpts from the live rant, Boosie made similar claims to T.I., who defended DaBaby earlier in the week, claiming that there was some kind of double standard in the way people treated DaBaby versus how they've treated Lil Nas X. "You don't f--- with him like you f--- with DaBaby," he said. "Be even sided, man. Be even sided."

Nas X didn't stop his responses there, though. The "Industry Baby" rapper also retweeted a link, claiming to lead to video in which he would address both Badazz and T.I.'s comments. "I usually don’t respond to negativity from my peers. But this had to be said," he wrote. Naturally, the link immediately led to his music video for "Industry Baby."

The 22-year-old rapper also threw indirect shade at Badazz, T.I. and others who have come out against his latest video, saying that their obsession with him has maybe gone a little too far. "I’m starting to think you n----s gay too cuz y'all stay on my d---," he wrote in one tweet, following it up later, saying, "Some of y’all not even mad that I’m gay, some of y’all mad that I’m gay and still succeeding."

While DaBaby has received support from artists such as T.I. and Badazz for his comments, many more have condemned his comments, including Dua Lipa, Elton John, Questlove, GLAAD and Demi Lovato, who reposted makeup artist Matt Bernstien's post about DaBaby's comments, prominently featuring a photo of the words "HIV is not a gay disease" painted on someone's chest. The "Dancing With the Devil" singer captioned their post by quoting a tweet by Bernstein on the subject: "Hot people listen to the original version of levitating."

Since making his comments at Rolling Loud, DaBaby has doubled down on his comments about HIV and AIDS, then walked back those same comments, and most recently, doubled down on them once again with his music video for "Giving What It's Supposed to Give," where he rapped the lyrics "Bi---, we like AIDS, I'm on your a--, we on your a--, bi---, we won't go away."

Check out Lil Nas X's responses to Boosie Badazz below: