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Lil Nas X Surpasses DaBaby as the Most Streamed Artist on Spotify

Maybe it’s the Satan Shoes.

To be fair, however, if it only took a little blood and undying devotion to Christianity’s supreme
embodiment of evil to be a successful musician — there would probably be a lot more of them.

Photo Credit Instagram (@LilNasX)
Still, whatever it is the 22-year-old rapper is sippin’ on that’s got him thinking he is Superman, he should refill his bottle; because between his talent, an uncanny ability to navigate the ever-changing tides of Internet stardom without ever going under and that x-factor (Is it the shoes?) — in the parlance of DJ Khaled, “All he does is win!”

His latest victory came Tuesday, when the rapper surpassed DaBaby as the most streamed rapper on Spotify, thanks to his newest viral release “Industry Baby” notching over 100 million streams on the platform.

“Wow this is insane,” Nas X tweeted of the achievement. This is the most I’ve ever had in my career. Thank u to everybody listening.” 

While the win was the latest in a long line for Nas X, who has persevered and dominated in an industry many thought would limit him because of his revelation and ultimate embrace of his sexuality as a gay man — including of course his country rap powerhouse single “Old Town Road” which in 2019 became the longest-running (19 weeks) number-one song since the Billboard Hot 100 chart debuted in 1958, the news was another blow to DaBaby’s recently spiraling career following homophobic comments he made July 25 at his Rolling Loud concert appearance:

If you didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone light in the air,” he said during his performance. “Fellas, if you ain’t suck a n-gga dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lights in the air. Keep it f*cking real.

The rapper also brought out Megan Thee Stallion’s alleged shooter Tory Lanez to perform some of her songs during the set, which may have violated Megan’s restraining order against her assailant. 

In addition to drawing a scathing rebuke from Elton John, Dua Lipa, whom he collaborated on with on their smash hit “Levitation,” disavowed him, and festivals including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Day N Vegas, iHeartRadio Music Festival and more dropped him from their lineup.

DaBaby later apologized for the incident through an Instagram post writing:

Social media moves so fast that people want to demolish you before you even have the opportunity to grow, educate, and learn from your mistakes. As a man who has had to make his own way from very difficult circumstances, having people I know publicly working against me—knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance—has been challenging. I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education, and resources. That’s what I needed and it was received.

I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important. Love to all. God Bless.

- DaBaby

It’s hard to judge how sincere the post was since it was later removed by DaBaby.

While DaBaby’s future may be in doubt, Nas X is just getting an inkling of an idea of where his career might take him beyond music, and one of those places is your television.

“I definitely want to get into acting, but I feel I have to give it my all, and I want to focus on music for right now. I want my first movie to be amazing,” Nas X told Variety, after revealing to the magazine that he was going to do the hit HBO drama “Euphoria” before deciding he didn’t want to take time away from finishing his album, adding in a tweet on Wednesday, “BTW this was not me saying I’m too good for Euphoria, that’s literally one of my favorite shows right now."

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