An unfortunate facet of 2019 existence is that, despite progress, there are indeed still people who take seemingly every possible opportunity to damper that forward motion with mockery.

Such was the case with Lil Nas X, whose thoughtful Pride Month message about his 7 EP cut "C7osure" was largely met with a wave of support from fans and other artists, though Boosie Badazz decided to use X's moment to make a homophobic joke related to his breakout hit "Old Town Road."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans were quick to criticize Boosie's comments, with several pointing out the fact that X is currently a Billboard charts mainstay while Boosie is not.

Dwyane Wade also offered Lil Nas X support. "Focus on all the good in your life. Don't allow these fools get to you," he wrote in the comments section of the Instagram post. "It's a lot of us out here proud of who and what you represent."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ballerific Comment Creepin 🌾👀🌾 #LilNasX #DwyaneWade #commentcreepin

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Sadly, Boosie wasn't the only one who made comments of this nature, though X himself doesn't seem too concerned with any of it. In several tweets in recent days, he's laughed off such inanity while noting that "Old Town Road" is indeed a song about horses.

On Instagram, X sent the frowning cowboy emoji into action:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

say one more home of phobic thing to me

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TMZ originally reported that Lil Nas X was moved to come out after going onstage at Glastonbury with Miley Cyrus. The site’s latest word says the artist’s pre-release changes to his EP art may have indicated that he’s been seriously considering sharing this news for weeks, if not longer.

Evidently artist Lorenzo Sozzi’s initial draft for 7's cover received some edits from X, namely that “he instructed Sozzi to add a rainbow flourish to one of the buildings on the album cover. Nas never told Sozzi why he wanted to add the rainbow, but he was adamant about it.”

Meanwhile, "Old Town Road" just spent its 13th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, making history in the process. X also had a strong opening week showing on the Hot Rock Songs chart, with his Travis Barker collab "F9mily" and Ryan Tedder-featuring "Bring U Down" bowing at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.


Looking ahead to future genre-expanding cuts akin to "Old Town Road" and "F9mily," X told Complex back in April that he's always approaching music from an experimental mindset.

"I'm always going to be experimenting musically, trying new things," he said. "But it's not like I'm not going to have another country trap song. I know it's going to happen again. It's just that I'm not going to try to force it."