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On Monday, Grammy-winner Billie Eilish made her Vogue debut, earning the coveted honor of being the magazine’s cover star for its upcoming March edition.

In the accompanying story, Eilish opened up about her unique path to stardom and her struggle with mental health, but her off-the-cuff comments about the state of rap music has the internet in a rage.



In conversation with Vogue writer Rob Haskell, Eilish discussed the authenticity of her music.

Though the subject matter of her work is fictional, Eilish maintains that there’s a difference between storytelling and straight up lying. Songs like “Bury a Friend” and “Bellyache” — which feature ”characters” that she and older brother/collaborator Finneas dreamt up in the studio — are tales that aren’t comparable to much rap music today, which the singer says are “lying.”


“There are tons of songs where people are just lying,” Eilish told Vogue. “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 fuckin’ …’ and I’m like, what? You don’t have a gun. ‘And all my bitches…’ I’m like, which bitches? That’s posturing, and that’s not what I’m doing.”
Upon reading the snippet, many fans of rap and hip hop were put off by Eilish’s broad generalization, venting their frustrations on Twitter:




As an artist, Eilish clearly understands the necessity of following her own creative process. So why does she feel comfortable dictating the rules to artists in a different genre? Trying to police rap music from the outside of its very wide, very loose parameters is not only impossible — it’s also problematic.

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