Billie Eilish shared her thoughts on the current state of rap music and it didn’t sit well with some people.
In a cover story for Vogue’s March issue, Eilish admitted that despite how open she’s been about her struggles with depression, her dark songs aren’t necessarily based on real life stories.
“Just because the story isn’t real doesn’t mean it can’t be important,” the “Bad Guy” artist said. “There’s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying.”
She added: “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 (expletive)’ . . .’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my (expletive). . . .’ I’m like, which (expletive)? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.”
Her comments drew criticism on social media from people who didn’t think it was her place to be speaking on that genre of music.
“Why is any journalist asking Billie Eilish about hip hop and why does anyone care about an 18-year-old white teenager’s perspective on the culture?” asked @freeblackgirl.
“I’m just not looking to Billie Eilish for the hard hitting opinions on hip-hop,” added @BarkyBoogz.
Others thought the teenager’s remarks were the same old tired criticisms of hip-hop they’ve been hearing.
“Billie Eilish delivered the stale old half cooked take “indie” artists have been pushing about rap since the 80’s,” wrote @Bussarebel.
Eilish also opened up to Vogue about adjusting to life as a pop star in the public eye, and she spoke candidly about the scandals her predecessors faced.
Eilish, who swept all four major categories at the 2020 Grammys, opened up about the dark side of fame.
The 18-year-old singer said she initially questioned why stars acted out, despite seemingly having everything.
“As a fan growing up, I was always like, ‘What the (expletive) is wrong with them?’” she said in the interview. “All the scandals. The Britney moment. You grow up thinking they’re pretty and they’re skinny; why would they (expletive) it up?”
But the “Bad Guy” singer said she’s growing to understand the actions of the pop stars she grew up listening to.
“But the bigger I get, the more I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, of course they had to do that.’ In my dark places I’ve worried that I was going to become the stereotype that everybody thinks every young artist becomes, because how can they not?” Eilish said. “Last year, when I was at my lowest point during the tour in Europe, I was worried I was going to have a breakdown and shave my head.”
The cover story also delved into how Eilish is dealing with the ramifications of fame.
Her father, Patrick O’Connell, sleeps in the living room of their California home “partly because Eilish has stopped feeling entirely safe here,” the article revealed.
Eilish is forthright about her fans, saying that while she understands the well-meaning intent, certain gestures and gifts can come off as “creepy.”
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“They’re being nice, but there’s a line they just don’t see,” Eilish said. “Sometimes they’re like, ‘I know this is wrong, but I just wanted to leave this letter.’ And I’m like, If you know it’s wrong, then why do it?”
She said being covertly photographed while she’s out “feels like if you were to walk into an empty room, and then you looked at your phone and you got a text of a picture of you in that empty room from inside the room.”
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