Lil Nas X is the most streamed rapper on Spotify
Montero Lamar Hill, better known as Lil Nas X, made a small LGBTQ story in the music world. Spotify reported that the black gay artist has passed DaBaby as the most featured rapper on the music platform.
Lil Nas X recorded 52 million listeners on Spotify. According to the streaming giant, he is also the twelfth most popular host, by number of listeners, on Spotify.
His 2021 track titled “Industry Baby” pushed the numbers to their limits.
“Wow, that’s crazy,” Lil Nas X replied on Twitter. “This is the most I have ever had in my career. Thank you to everyone who listens to me.”
The news follows controversies over DaBaby’s cancellation by industry supporters, advertisers and the music public for homophobic and transphobic comments at a summer concert in Florida.
Comedian Dave Chappell was dragged along by LGBTQ advocates for standing up for DaBaby and deepening his own anti-transgender biases in a Netflix special that was released on October 5. Streaming company Netflix has in turn been dragged out for giving Chappelle a platform for commenting.
Lil Nas X has been completely open about being black and gay and the challenges of being at the intersection of those two identities.
Critics inside and outside of the music industry claim that it is “garbage” and that it represents “junk music”.
“F * ck ’em,” a Twitter account said of the enemies. “They will find any reason to demolish the accomplishments of a black man … a gay man.”
Lil Nas X first gained fame with a country rap single called “Old Town Road” in 2019. He topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks.
At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Lil Nas X was the most nominated artist. It ended up winning the award for best music video and best duo / group pop performance.