Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com | Inset: Rosemarie Mosteller / Shutterstock.com

Rapper Lil Nas X recently stirred up controversy by posting a picture on Instagram stating that he received an acceptance letter from Liberty University, a Christian college, to study Christian Leadership and Biblical Studies. In the caption, he said he would start his studies in the fall and emphasized that not everything he does is a troll.

However, skepticism arose as the letter showed the incorrect name of the university president. The signature at the end of the letter belonged to Jerry Falwell, the former president, instead of the current president, Dondi Costin. Liberty University confirmed that Montero Lamar Hill, also known as Lil Nas X, was not accepted to attend the academic institution next fall despite a fake letter the rapper posted on social media claiming otherwise.

Lil Nas X’s actions are part of his promotional strategy for his upcoming single, “J Christ.” Earlier, he shared the cover art featuring himself on a crucifix, symbolizing a parody of Jesus’ crucifixion, with a caption expressing dedication to the “man who had the greatest comeback of all time.” He continued the theme in another clip, where he is portrayed nailed to a gold cross that transforms into a mechanical suit complete with a halo.

Despite his content’s provocative imagery and controversial nature, Lil Nas X claimed to be continuing the joke about his dedication to the Christian faith. Beyond his music promotion, Lil Nas X has engaged in bizarre clips on social media, alleging that he was “blackballed” from releasing music in 2023 for “promoting God to the masses.” He accused the music industry of being “wicked” and threatened to expose other artists. Additionally, he posted a clip of standing next to police officers, suggesting he would be with the police department for the next five days before exposing the music industry’s alleged mistreatment of him, stating that “evil will not stop what God has planned.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by ★ (@lilnasx)

Critics have questioned the authenticity and timing of Lil Nas X’s actions, especially considering the discrepancies in the acceptance letter and his history of using controversial content for publicity. However, Christian rapper Lecrae did come to Lil Nas X’s defense after he announced his “Christian era.” Hill has repeatedly made headlines in recent years for stunts that offend Christians, the most recent of which prompted backlash from other rappers, including Kory Yeshua.

Yeshua, a Christian, released a TikTok video this week blasting Hill for “mocking Jesus and Christians” and maintained that Hill’s content is part of a spiritual war for people’s minds. Yeshua said, “People will defend this because they worship these celebrities. They have made idols out of these celebrities. People need to realize there is a spiritual war happening between the light and the dark, between good and evil.”

Lil Nas X seems to blend satire, parody, and self-promotion in his unique approach to marketing and generating buzz around his music releases.

More from Beliefnet and our partners
Close Ad