Lil Nas X addressed the idea of making a song with Boosie Badazz, who did not react kindly. [Editor’s note: The report below, which quotes Boosie Badazz’s remarks directed at Lil Nas X, contains potentially distressing language about suicide.]
Over the weekend a clip of Lil Nas X from Instagram Live popped up, one in which he said to those watching, “I been working on this song with Lil Boosie, bro. I have this song with Lil Boosie, gonna come out.”
Boosie Badazz responded to his name being brought up by Lil Nas X with a vile, homophobic attack that suggested the “Industry Baby” rapper should “commit suicide.”
“STOP TROLLING ME F—– LOL!! U A WHOLE B—- PLAYING WITH A GANGSTA SMH U CAN KEEP SUCKING D— N GETTIN F—ED N YOUR A– N PEACE N #uhateyourself I WOULD TOO IF I WAS YOU LOL NASx IF YOU #commitsuicide YOU WOULD DO THIS WORLD A HUGE FAVOR NOBODY WANTS U HERE,” Badazz tweeted Saturday afternoon (Oct. 23). The tweet remained published for a while on Saturday, but has since been deleted for violating Twitter rules.
At the time of publication, Lil Nas X — who was recently honored as The Trevor Project‘s Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year — had not responded to Boosie Badazz. While his name trended on Twitter over the hateful remarks, Lil Nas X instead took a moment to write, “i am truly saddened. i have never been so mortified in my life. i can’t believe disney channel has yet to play halloween town this entire october.”
“Discrimination around sexuality and gender identity is still very real, and our community deserves to feel supported and totally free to be themselves,” Lil Nas X said in September, when he was honored by The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ+ youth. “I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realize that this was something bigger than myself. If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.”
Boosie Badazz has talked negatively about Lil Nas X a number of times over the past several months. In September, Lil Nas X implied the comments did not affect him.
“I was listening to Boosie in the club the other day. I don’t really care. Honestly, I wish they didn’t say it, I guess,” Lil Nas said of the “Nasty, Nasty” rapper during an appearance on The Breakfast Club. “But I like the music, I’m gonna listen to the music. If somebody got beef with me, that doesn’t mean I got beef with them.” Asked if he would consider replying to the hateful messages, Lil Nas X had noted, “Only if I have something really witty.”
In July, Badazz defended DaBaby’s homophobic comments at Rolling Loud Miami and called Lil Nas X “the most disrespectful motherf—er in the world.” And after Lil Nas joked that and he and Jack Harlow would perform their song “Industry Baby” in their birthday suits at the VMAs, Badazz said, “If I’m at the awards and he go up there naked, I’ma drag his a– offstage and beat his a–.”
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” recently reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking Lil Nas X’s third leader on the list. His debut smash “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, spent 19 weeks at No. 1 in April-August 2019 and “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” led for a week upon its debut in April 2021.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.