Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Nas X teased that he is leaving his “Old Town Road” for a new Christian one on Instagram last week. But Tyrese Gibson, the popular “Fast and Furious” franchise actor, warned him to “stop playing with God.”
In a post on Instagram, Lil Nas X asked, “Y’all mind if I enter my Christian era?” He then included snippet of a yet to be released new song and video of him wearing a long skirt while singing in street:
Father stretch my hands.
The lonely road seems to last the longest,
Help me with my plans,
Everything seems to go to nowhere,
Free me from worry and wanting pity.
Free me from all this envy in me.
I don’t want these feelings.
I call on angels.
I’m trying hard to face my pain.
Give me hope when I feel less.
Angels, I’m trying hard to keep my faith.
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The news of Lil Nas X announcing his “Christian era” came as a shock to many, including Gibson, due to the satanic imagery in Lil Nas X’s video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” In that video, the outspoken gay rapper pole dances his way down from heaven into hell to give Satan a lap dance.
In addition to the video, Lil Nas X partnered with MSCHF to create limited edition “Satan Shoes,” which were a modified pair of Nike Air Max 97s.
As ChurchLeaders reported, the shoes reportedly contained a drop of human blood mixed with red ink in the sole of each shoe. Precisely 666 pairs were made available, representing the sinister mark of Satan. On the side of each shoe was a reference to Luke 10:18—a verse referring to Satan’s fall from heaven. The shoelaces of the shoes included a pentagram and the sneakers were adorned with upside-down crosses.
The shoes were so controversial that Nike, which had nothing to do with their creation, was awarded a temporary restraining order against MSCHF, which prevented MSCHF from shipping the Satan Shoe. The shoes were $1,018 a pair and 665 were sold, allowing Lil Nas X to give away the 666th pair.
“Sorry guys I’m legally not allowed to give the 666th pair away anymore because of the crying nerds on the internet,” Lil Nas X told his social media followers.
Gibson, who credits his late mother for his faith in Jesus, warned Lil Nas X that God is not someone to be mocked. “Y’all gone learn to stop playing with God…God is not to be played with…From shoes with devil signs and devils [sic] blood in the show sole,” Gibson said. “We can all change I get it but I feel a way about people making a mockery about Jesus…Do you, live your life…Do what makes you happy but y’all better stop playing with Jesus out here…”
Lil Nas X responded to Gibson, “This really crazy cuz all i did was post a song about asking god for hope when you feel hopeless and yall acting like I posted a video of me burning a church down and peeing on a nativity scene.”