5x Grammy Award-winning pop singer Billie Eilish is well known for her hits “Xanny”, “Everything I Wanted” and “Bury a Friend.” The 18-year-old Los Angeles native is also known for being the youngest person and first woman to win the four main Grammy categories all in the same year.
Eilish’s style artistry was heavily influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Avril Lavigne, Lana Del Ray, Tyler the Creator and Childish Gambino.
One interesting fact about Eilish’s early influences and style of music was that she often regards hip-hop as being her favorite genre of music.
However, as of recently, Eilish has been receiving a lot of backlash because of her most recent comments about the state of hip-hop music in a cover story for Vogue.
Eilish said, “Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” she said. “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,” she continued. “It’s like, ‘I got my AK-47, and I’m f—ing,’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my b—-es,’ I’m like, which b—-es? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.”
Her comments would later be twisted and reposted on Twitter by the music streaming service DatPiff.
(Here is the link below to the Twitter post).
Billie Eilish speaks on the current state of Hip Hop:
"It’s like, ‘I got my AK-47, and I’m f**kin’,’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my bitches…’ I’m like, which bitches?" pic.twitter.com/lS4xqWW4ng
— DatPiff (@DatPiff) February 4, 2020
Ever since her comments, Eilish has been receiving backlash from millions of her fans and also fellow celebrities as well. Some of the arguments believed that Eilish was, in fact, a “hypocrite” and those white artists, including herself, been making music based off of false realities and should not say that hip-hop is the only genre in doing that.
Eilish and her representatives still have not yet issued any statements at this time.
In my opinion, I feel that her comments were not entirely wrong. The state of hip-hop now only focuses on what is popular, who is getting in the most controversy and who is hot on the charts.
Traditional hip-hop and its initial purpose to be the voice for topics such as social injustice is rarely talked about in today’s hip-hop. And if it is talked about, it’s not coming from the mainstream artists. What has changed? Can we ever go back to lyricism and speaking real sh*t?
What do you think? Is Eilish lying about what she said about rappers today? Has the state of hip-hop changed and is really all about sex, vulgarity, and violence? Or, is she being a hypocrite for saying she is a hip-hop fan, yet saying all this stuff about the culture?
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