After not being nominated for a single award at the 2022 BET Awards show airing this month, Lil Nas X is taking aim at the network itself with a diss track. He's even bringing NBA YoungBoy along for the ride!
The BET Awards has established itself as a top platform to celebrate Black music and entertainment since its debut in 2001. But they upset Lil Nas X and his millions of fans with their recent nominations list that leaves him out of every relevant category, including Video of the Year.
Never one to miss out on a viral conversation starter, Lil Nas surprised people with a snippet called "Late To Da Party" feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again.
The hook is a blatant rebuttal against BET as a whole network – Lil Nas chants, "F**k BET! F**k BET!" (It's pretty catchy, not gonna lie.)
Before teasing the collab, Lil Nas wrote a series of deleted tweets where he called out BET for fueling his feeling that "black gay ppl have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we make it to the top mfs try to pretend we are invisible."
One of his biggest accolades in the past year is earning over 350 million views on YouTube with "Industry Baby" feat. Jack Harlow.
Adding yet another layer to this bubbling feud is the fact that Lil Nas performed "Montero" at the same awards show last year, causing a bit of a stir after tongue kissing one of his backup dancers. (Fun fact: It was the same dancer who had licked his neck on Saturday Night Live.)
Not to mention BET has extended a lot of love to Tyler, The Creator, who's rumored to be bisexual. ("I've been kissing white boys since 2004," he once rapped.) Tyler also had a standout performance at last year's show and then won Album of the Year at BET's separate Hip-Hop Awards.
It's unclear if Lil Nas and YoungBoy will officially drop "Late To Da Party," though you can already find a rough version on SoundCloud. Either way, YB is keeping his foot on the gas with fire YouTube loosies.
His latest – "Vette Motors" – finds YB imitating the sound of a car engine.