Billie Eilish Sparks Backlash For Saying Rappers Are “Lying” In Music

Billie Eilish is facing some harsh backlash online after she seemed to criticize rap lyrics as often being full of lies.

The 18-year-old singer appeared on the latest cover of Vogue, with an in-depth interview about the darkness and “anti-pop” world of her music and image. At one point, she talks about how many of her songs are stories crafted from a fictional point of view, and from there, the conversation turns to criticism over lying in music vs. just telling a story.

“Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” Eilish says. “There’s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying.”

She continues: “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.”

People immediately came out in defense of rap, calling Eilish’s take outdated and inaccurate.

“This just in: Billie Eilish has the same dumb opinions about rap music as your boomer dad,” one user joked.

However, others were quick to defend her, pointing out the context of the quote.

Eilish appeared to be specifically referring to rappers that she knows personally, and in the same paragraph had referred to Tyler, the Creator as one of her inspirations when it comes to crafting stories while songwriting.

But much of the frustration with Eilish’s comments is steeped in the fact that rap has historically so often faced criticism by white people who don’t actually understand it.

And, while Eilish may have been speaking only about rappers she personally knows, her comments just don’t apply to the genre as a whole, especially right now.

“What’s weird about this is Billie Eilish is so young that she’s *only* lived through a period in which rap talks seriously about mental health, just as she does, and grapples with God meaningfully, and resurrected protest music from Katy Perry and others,” tweeted journalist Seth Mandel.

Rapper Talib Kweli summed the whole thing up nicely.

“Billie Eilish needs better friends,” he wrote.

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