Billie Eilish Calls Rappers Liars And Upsets Plenty Of People
Billie Eilish has a new interview in Vogue, and one part of the interview has irritated quite a few people. She is talking about songwriting and she is acknowledging the fact that writing a song is making up a story, since her songs ‘are never strictly autobiographical’ but are rather an opportunity to develop characters ‘and writing from the perspective of those characters.’ Then she suddenly drops this idea, explaining that a lot of rappers are basically lying:
‘There’s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying. 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 fuckin’ . . .’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my bitches. . . .’ I’m like, which bitches? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.’
Why isn’t she applying the same storytelling idea to rap is beyond me, what kind of flawed logic is this? Rappers are lying all a sudden? Johnny Cash singing ‘I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die,’ and Eric Clapton singing ‘I Shot The Sheriff’,… was storytelling while guns mentioned in rap songs are lies? Explain the logic, Billie! There’s nothing new there, rap songs have never been treated the same way, but I would have expected something different from young Billie.
Everybody comes up with a character, from the tough guy to the emo guy, there’s always an aesthetic associated with a good act, it’s not as if Billie were born with this green hair of hers. Why would rap become posturing? There are actually enough murders in the rap world to realize that rappers are not always lying about guns and that most lyrics come from a very real place.
I know, she is young and the media cannot get enough of her big mouth, but I don’t want to be the one criticizing her statement, as this apparently triggered a series of reactions from the Twittersphere. Here are the best ones:
and i think a lot of your fans are lying about having depression billie
— nuggets forever (@nuggetsfanfore1) February 4, 2020
BREAKING: Billie Eilish repeats tired talking points about rap and hip-hop that have been around since the 90s
— Jose G. 🇲🇽 (@marty_freudman) February 4, 2020
billie is jealous because she does not write as well as lots of rappers do.
this irritates thee fuck out of me
— pfire☔#QueenOfPopCulture 🦅 #CivilWrites 🇺🇸 (@firefire100) February 4, 2020
Billie Eilish appropriates black culture then drags black music just like Miley Cyrus did but y’all don’t keep the same energy. If you cancel one, gotta cancel both. pic.twitter.com/LG4PMYPFkh
— 🍒TKY Gamer Girl🍒 (@Tokyo_Gaming_) February 4, 2020
WHAT? I’m not a big rap follower but I’m pretty sure rap these days is about taking pills and being depressed
— Psychic War Vet (@Post_Punk_Prick) February 4, 2020
that’s cute now lets talk about her biting the entire TLC aesthetic.
— My Naker, My Naker (@BrrrLaStrange) February 4, 2020
please tell me what rapper you know that gets no pussy lmao
— jay (@cozyboyjay) February 5, 2020
It really bothers me when I see white people commenting and throwing criticism at hip hop and rap. Cuz I feel like literally every single genre has plenty of music where the artists don’t do what they sing but she just HAD to comment on hip hop? The predominantly black genre
— Jennifer (@faytmama) February 5, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Misinformed Pop Star, who’s rise to fame is whispering over techno, has terrible hot take on an entire genre of music based on the chorus of a 30 year old Ice Cube song
— ShoryuQuinn (@FawkesXV) February 4, 2020
AK-47? What she ranting about early 90’s Gangsta Rap for?
— Mats “Le Chiffre” Mikkelsen (@mats_med_t) February 4, 2020
this has been the generalization about rap for 30 years and to see a prominent figure in modern music parrot it is quite disappointing
— mel b (@ameliabutgay) February 4, 2020
— Brandon Bradshaw (@beingbrandonlee) February 4, 2020
That’s the rap you be hearing on the radio. If you listen to real rap and lyricism, most of it’s telling a true story about life. There’s plenty of young kids that rap and have been through it, and decide to tell their story through music.
— 💛 (@kentohottttt) February 5, 2020
Same way she been lying about having depression..
— ‘ʟɪʟ 🇹🇬 (@LKnottz) February 4, 2020
she saying “i don’t do that n*gger music” basically
— . (@suckmygat) February 4, 2020
Told you not to give a twelve year old a Grammy
— Indiana Steve (@JustPeople77) February 5, 2020
Ain’t she lie about growing up rough or sum shit?
— C.S (@YGC_CS) February 4, 2020
On black history month too? Scandalous pic.twitter.com/kqPho3yUVZ
— I just wanna beat (@bigasshoneybun) February 5, 2020
she should listen to eminem
— hykal (@hykal10218552) February 4, 2020