Lil Nas X Announces 'Christian Era' With New Song Snippet, Calls Out People Who Think It's a 'Gimmick'

The artist teased his new phase by carrying a Bible on the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards carpet.

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Lil Nas X might be trolling us again, but at least the music sounds good.

Not long after he brought a Bible to the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards, Lil Nas X teased his "Christian era" on X, posting a 75-second snippet of a potential upcoming single.

y’all mind if i enter my christian era ?

— ✟ (@LilNasX) November 30, 2023
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"Father, stretch my hands / The lonely road seems to last the longest / Help me with my plans / Everything seems to go to nowhere," he sings in the teaser. "Oh, free me from worry and wanting pity / Free me from all this envy in me / I don’t want these feelings / I don’t want these feelings / I call on angels / I’m trying hard to face my pain, yeah / Give me hope when I feel / Give me hope when I feel less.”

The 2-time Grammy Award-winner followed that up with an NSFW post, saying that making Christian music doesn't mean he's giving up his queerness.

making christian music does not mean i can’t suck dick no more. the two are not mutually exclusive. i am allowed to get on my knees for multiple reasons.

— ✟ (@LilNasX) November 30, 2023

The new song is a huge transition from Lil Nas X's dancing with the devil visuals in the "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music video, but the artist has consistently been genre-defying, breaking into music with the country-influenced "Old Town Road."

In a separate X post, he clapped back against naysayers, saying they "find a problem" with every version of himself that he expresses.

y’all see everything i do as a gimmick. when in reality im just an artist expressing myself in different ways. whether im a cowboy, gay, satanic, or now christian y’all find a problem! y’all don’t police nobody else art like mine. y’all hate me because im fun cute and petite

— ✟ (@LilNasX) November 30, 2023

Lil Nas X, who last released the promotional single "Star Walkin'" in 2022, publicly came out as gay in 2019. In his documentary, Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero, it was also revealed that the artist helped his brother, Tamron Hill, come out as bisexual.

"My brother really opened doors for a lot of people," Hill said in the film, per EW. "Yeah, he opened a door for me. What I mean by that, like, I'm not gay, though, you feel me? I'm bisexual. He helped me be real with myself. My brother made me more open to it."

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