Lil Nas X referenced an old Nicki Minaj fan account in his new music video, causing controversy among the rapper's following

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Lil Nas X referenced an old Nicki Minaj fan account in his new music video, causing controversy among the rapper's following
Lil Nas XEthan Miller/Getty Images (left) and Lil Nas X/YouTube (right)
  • Rapper Lil Nas X released a new song called "SUN GOES DOWN" along with an accompanying music video.
  • Lil Nas X included a nod to his old fan account dedicated to Nicki Minaj in the music video.
  • The nod saw backlash from Minaj's fans on Twitter, claiming Lil Nas was using her name for "clout."

Rapper Lil Nas X sparked controversy among Nicki Minaj fans on Twitter after he included a nod to his old fan account dedicated to her in a recently released music video for his new song, "SUN GOES DOWN."

In the video, Lil Nas X can be seen tweeting a joke from the account @nasmaraj - the now-suspended fan account that many have speculated belonged to the rapper. He also included a line in the song that said, "I'd be by the phone/Stanning Nicki mornin' into dawn/ Only place I felt like I belonged." The term "stan" means to be a die-hard fan of a particular artist.

Minaj's fans accused the "Old Town Road" rapper of using her name for attention.

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"Using Nicki again for clout, what's new?" one Twitter account tweeted. Another account claimed Lil Nas X was "trolling & clout chasing using Nicki Minaj & her fans."

When Lil Nas X saw the controversy, he responded, referencing his past dedication to Minaj.

"To the Barbz who feel I'm using Nicki's name for attention, the song I released last night was recorded last year," Lil Nas X tweeted. "And it's about my life, which 6 of those years were dedicated to Nicki. It's no fake love. But I understand how it looks so I will no longer mention her."

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Since the success of Lil Nas X's mega-hit "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, social media users surmised that the rapper was behind the @nasmaraj stan account.

In June 2019, the hashtag #LilNasXisOverParty began trending after tweets from the account containing Islamaphobic sentiments were unearthed and shared across Twitter. One of the tweets said, "Stop pretending there is no correlation between violence & Islam."

While he confirmed he used to run a fan account in Minaj's honor in June 2020, he never specified which account he was at the helm of.

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As the rumors continued to swirl across social media, New York Magazine's Intelligencer blog laid out the evidence in a compelling format. The detail in the music video appears to solidify his association with the account.

Representatives for Lil Nas X did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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