Lil Nas X Speaks Out After ‘J Christ’ Video Backlash
Written by torresanz on January 31, 2024
As the backlash for his latest single, ‘J Christ,’ rages on, rapper-singer Lil Nas X took to the ‘On Purpose‘ podcast recently to dish on the fallout and the impact it’s made on him personally and professionally.
The Omer Fedi-produced cut – believed to be the first from LNX’s forthcoming sophomore studio album – rubbed Christians the wrong way with its religious imagery including scenes of the GRAMMY winner playing basketball with Satan and being crucified like Jesus.
The blowback from the visual and its promotion prompted the hitmaker (born Montero Hill) to issue an apology, which later proved to be too little too late as ‘J Christ’ opened on the Billboard Hot 100 with some of his lowest first-week figures to date.
Hill maintains the backlash was unwarranted, however, as the meaning behind the clip was taken out of context.
“[‘J Christ’] was this thing that artistically was just supposed to be like, I’m returning … I’m back like Him,” he told host Jay Shetty. “It turned into this whole thing where it was me trying to dunk on Christians or something, and that was never what it was. Never.”
And while the 24-year-old doubled down on his stance that he is not remorseful for making the video, he does understand how it could be perceived as insensitive.