It goes without saying that Lil Nas X basically won Halloween this year when he went as Nicki Minaj in her “Super Bass” video. That he named himself“Nas Maraj," based off of his now defunct stan account on Twitter was simply the cherry on top.
The praise from fans was immediate. It’s not every day you see a trailblazing gay rapper dressed in a tight pink leopard jumpsuit and wig. Nas X got into the look with the help of Kade Gottlieb, the makeup artist known to some as the drag performer Gottmik.
Still, not everyone enjoyed the cheeky photos.
Not long after the artist, whose single “Old Town Road” was the longest-running number one song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, posted his photos he became the subject of backlash. And it wasn't only no-name trolls who got in on the hate, rapper Dave East leveled a homophobic slur at the performer andNas was having none of it.
East wrote on a photo of Nas’s costume, "And y'all was mad at me about this n***a. Bati mon bun up!!!!,” adding, “I gotta move to Jamaica, @PopcaanMusic on my wayyyyy chubble."
Lil Nas was quick to correct the slur, which East had misspelled, In a tweet that has since been deleted. that called out East's “N****s can't even be homophobic the proper way smh butchering the hell out of the patois,” he continued.
The phrase is a homophobic slur originating in Jamaica, where queer men are free to serve in the military and donate blood, but are banned by law from having sex with other men. That same law, however, doesn’t apply to lesbians. We should also note that while gender confirmation surgery is legal in Jamaica, there are still no anti-discrimination protections in housing or employment across the board for LGBTQ+ people, according to Equaldex. The slur was recently at the center of a sports scandal when a soccer player was accused of using it on a competitor.
Nas later followed up his exchange by writing, "Bro I don't bother a soul in this industry. All I do is tweet and make bangers. Leave me alone Damn."
But East wasn't alone. 50 Cent also tried to come for the rapper, tweeting, “What the f**k. Nikki come get him!! lol." It should be noted that her name is spelled Nicki.
Nas, a die hard Minaj fan quipped, “Why u in barb business?” referring to a nickname for superfans of the female performer.
By the end of it all, it was clear who the winner was. Still, Nas couldn’t help but see the ridiculousness of why people cared so much about Halloween given that, well… it was Halloween!
“It’s November 2nd and grown men are waking up to have group discussions about a costume I wore on halloween,” he wrote yesterday.
Of course, Nas's fans came out in droves to show their support.