On Monday, Billie Eilish made her Vogue debut on the cover of its upcoming March issue. However, this accomplishment was swiftly overshadowed by some problematic comments in the interview, where the artist shared her thoughts on the state of rap music.
“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.” Eilish explained, “It’s like, ‘I got my AK-47, and I’m f*ckin’,’ 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.
“Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” Eilish said of her own songwriting process, ignoring the fact that not unlike herself, many rappers weave tales of street life that blur the line between fiction and reality. The criticism is especially jarring considering the young artist reached superstardom partially due to her unique “street” style.
Eilish may have borrowed some of her aesthetic from hip hop culture, but that doesn’t mean that she has the range to speak on rap music. While it’s nothing new for artists to use rap trends to make a name for themselves, without affording it any respect as an art form and a culture, it’s also nothing new for the internet to clap back when someone makes this misstep.
Check out how Twitter reacted to Billie’s rap comments below.
Maybe sit this one out, Billie
Turning to 17 year old white girls to determine what’s authentic in this culture? That’s what we doing now?
— Westside Moonwalker (@BruceBricks) February 4, 2020
billie eilish: these rappers need to pull their dang pants up
— mark (@kept_simple) February 4, 2020
Love the style
Where’s the lie?
But…I do own guns. And I got bitches? Sooo?
— EL WETTO (@SuicideChrist) February 4, 2020