By Kimberly Yam • 05/20/2019
Rapper Lord Jamar slammed the argument that racism wasn’t behind Billboard’s removal of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from its country music chart in March.
DJ Vlad, host of a popular YouTube show, made that claim in an interview with Lord Jamar. The artist deftly rebuffed DJ Vlad and broke down the double standards involved.
“We as black people are quick to let white people into our shit and do our shit and we’re accepting,” he said. Lil Nas X “wanna do a country-esque thing and get on the Billboard charts and they said, ‘No you don’t, black man.’”
The rapper added, “He’s not white enough. It’s not that [the song] wasn’t country enough. He wasn’t white enough, even though black people created country music.”
Lord Jamar pointed out that conversely, white artists like Post Malone and the Beastie Boys had been accepted into hip-hop.