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Lil Nas X claims he was "blackballed" from the music industry for promoting God

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Lil Nas X has claimed he was "blackballed" from releasing music over the last year because of his religion.

In a number of TikTok videos shared over the weekend, the "Old Town Road" rapper revealed that he will be releasing his first song in over a year on Friday.

Nas X said the song will be a gospel track and will be released independently.

The 24-year-old's last single "Star Walkin" was released in September 2022 through Columbia Records and Riot Games.

In his TikTok videos, Nas X claimed his new song will "expose the industry."

"The media stopped supporting me after I promoted God to the masses," he wrote in one video.

"The industry is wicked which is why I was blackballed from releasing music for the last year-and-a-half," he added.

Nas X wrote in another video: "Evil will not stop what God has planned."

Nas X appears to have been teasing new music since late November when a website titled appeared online.

“Lil Nas X hasn't released an album in over two years," reads a passage on the site. "This site is dedicated to finding him and saving him by turning his heart toward Christ’s light!”

The site also contains a clock counting the days since Nas X's last album, as well as various satirical references to him worshipping the devil.

Nas X has never confirmed that the website is his, but the site has a “Sony Music Entertainment” copyright stamp in its footer.

Nas X has been widely and falsely accused of being a devil worshipper since releasing the satanic-themed music video to his 2021 track "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)."

In the video, Nas X, who came out as homosexual in 2019, rides a stripper pole to hell and gives a lap dance to Satan.

Rather than being an ode to the devil as many have suggested, however, the video is in fact a clever take on the persecution Nas X has faced as a gay black man in the rap industry.

“I wanted to use these things that have been around for so long to tell my own story, and the story of so many other people in the community, or people who have been outcast in general through history,” the rapper said of the music video in an interview with Time Magazine in 2021.

“It’s the same thing over and over," he said.


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