Pop music’s latest darling Billie Eilish is facing criticism online after criticisms she made about hip-hop and rap music.
Following her sweep at the 2020 Grammys, the 18-year-old made her Vogue debut on the front cover of the international publication’s forthcoming March issue. In the interview, the 18-year-old opened up about her career, music and fashion. However, some off-the-cuff remarks she made about the current state of rap music has rubbed some people the wrong way.
In the interview, Eilish was discussing authenticity in the music industry when the conversation took a turn towards rap music. Billie gave her thoughts on the genre and criticized it for promoting a fake image, saying that there is a lot of “posturing” going on and “that’s not what [she’s] doing.”
“Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” she told the publication. “There’s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying.”
She continued, “There’s a lot of that in rap right now, from people that I know who rap. It’s like, ‘I got my AK-47, and I’m f**kin’...’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my b**ches….’ I’m like, which b**ches? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.”
This was preceded by Eilish’s previous comment where she said that she likes “the idea of writing a song about something I didn't know about.”
Her comments did not go over well with the Twitterverse, who astutely pointed out that Eilish was painting a broad generalization of rap. It also brought back flashbacks of similar problematic viewpoints that singer-actress Miley Cyrus previously espoused in 2017 during promotions for her sixth studio album, Younger Now.
When asked about her latest image shift in a 2017 Billboard interview, Cyrus expressed that rap “was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock – I am so not that." Backlash ensued as many found her comment hypocritical given that she hopped on the hip hop wave with the release of her fourth studio album, Bangerz, which was co-produced by legendary superproducer Mike WiLL Made-It.
Similarly, Eilish’s remarks are being met with frustration, especially in light of the fact that her fashion aesthetic heavily borrows from trends that originated within rap and hip-hop circles.
“BREAKING: Billie Eilish repeats tired talking points about rap and hip-hop that have been around since the 90s,” one person commented on Twitter.
“The normal white woman pop career path. Miley did the same thing,” another noted.
“Crazy she talkin’ like this when she be dressin’ like she thugnificent,” a third wrote.
Maybe Billie should sit this conversation out.
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