“Lil Nas X gon catch aids and die”: Uncle Murda’s ‘Rap Up’ song littered with anti-LGBT lyrics but shows support for Dave Chappelle and DaBaby
Uncle Murda makes homophobic song, says Lil Nas X will ‘catch AIDS and die’, while Lil Nas X discusses the music industry ‘sanitising’ LGBT+ artists.
Sadly, it would seem that spewing causal homophobia in song lyrics and labelling it artistry is not something we can say we left behind in 2021.
Unfortunately, in 2022, we still find ourselves in a situation where some artists will employ
hate-fuelled, dated, uneducated, harmful ‘shock’ lyrics, at the expense of the LGBT+ community, all in an attempt to grab some attention headlines.
Enter Brooklyn rapper Uncle Murda, who released his annual ‘Rap Up’ song on Saturday (January 1), reflecting on some of the biggest celebrity culture moments of 2021.
During the 14-minute track , Murda fires shots at Lil Nas X, Tyler, the Creator, and Eazy-E, who died in 1995 shortly after being diagnosed with AIDS.
In the opening lyrics, Uncle Murda begins: “Lil Nas X gon catch aids and die like Eazy E/Hope the LGBTQ don’t cancel me/Like they tryna stop DaBaby from gettin’ paid/When he was talkin’ bout how they be givin’ each other aids.”
DaBaby hit the ‘da headlines’ back in July after making homophobic comments and offensive, damaging remarks about HIV and AIDS whilst onstage at a gig, prompting a public outcry for him to be cancelled.
He subsequently doubled-down on his remarks, later offering an apology – which he deleted days after – only when he began to lose gigs and sponsorship deals.
Elsewhere in the track, Murda appears to lend his support to Dave Chappelle and Bill Cosby.
“Thеy hated on Dave Chappellе but couldn’t stop him/Netflix was like if you don’t like it don’t watch him/Bill Cosby came home I’m glad he doin’ well/Honestly I thought Bill was gon die in jail.”
Chappelle’s comedy special The Closer was the cause of huge controversy when released back in October because it featured the comedian making several anti-trans jokes, saying that he supported JK Rowling and that he considered himself a TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist), while also showing support for DaBaby.
Elsewhere in Lil Nas X updates, the rapper and queer icon has spoken about how the industry tries to “sanitise” music from LGBTQ+ artists by telling them to “be gay without being gay.”
Speaking to CBS on Sunday (January 2) he said he wants more queer artists to be able to say what they want without shame or fear of being judged, admitting that he is more ‘out there’ with his sexuality than a lot of other openly queer artists.
“It’s always been, ‘OK, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitised. Let’s not include anything sexual,’” he told CBS.
Continuing: “It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to express that.'”
Lil Nas X came out as gay on the last day of Pride Month (30 June) in 2019, two years later releasing Montero (Call Me By Your Name) which stormed the charts, annoying religious homophobes globally. He went on to eat up awards season with raunchy performances, gay kisses and fierce outfits, became a social media icon and king of viral videos, before releasing his debut album , Montero, which was a huge success both critically and commercially. Oh and he had a whole day named after him too.
We would imagine, at this point, he probably has no regrets.