Billie Eilish Calls Rappers Liars And Upsets Plenty Of People

Written by | February 5, 2020 1:40 am | No Comments

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Billie Eilish in Vogue

 

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:

 

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