Lil Nas X (Pic: DFree / Shutterstock.com)
Karmic justice, perhaps? Out gay superstar, Lil Nas X has overtaken DaBaby to become Spotify’s most-streamed male rapper.
It was confirmed this week that Lil Nas – who’s proudly profiled his queer identity in his chart-topping hits – has surpassed more than 52 million listeners on the streaming platform.
“Wow, this is insane. This is the most I’ve ever had in my career. Thank u to everybody listening,” he tweeted. Lil Nas X is now followed by DaBaby in second place and Drake in the third spot.
Lil Nas broke new ground in the music world in June 2019 when he came out as gay, becoming the first artist to do so while topping the American charts (with Old Town Road).
He’s since mortified homophobes around the globe with his provocatively queer music videos and performances. His most recent music video, for Industry Baby, featured the star and his male dancers gyrating naked in prison showers.
DaBaby, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy after make hateful homophobic comments and ignorant claims on-stage that HIV is a death sentence.
During a performance in Miami, DaBaby told the crowd: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up.”
He then went on to say: “Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up!”
The comments were condemned by fellow music artists like Dua Lipa, Madonna and Elton John, activists and LGBTIQ+ and HIV groups. They also led to the rapper being dropped by several music festivals.
DaBaby later posted on Instagram that he wanted to “apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made,” but then deleted the post a week later.