Almost a year later Lil Nas X dropped his debut album, the “Industry Baby” returned with new music on Friday (June 24) – bringing his usual amount of sass and charisma. With much hype for the song emerging from Nas X’s shutout of the 2022 BET Awards, “Late To Da Party” sees him team up with YoungBoy never broke again to cast a big shadow on the BET Awards. “Yeah, fuck BET (yeah), fuck BET (yeah), fuck BET (yeah, yeah)” are just some of the wild lyrics. Want more? Listen to the full song above!
Prior to the song’s release, Lil Nas X released a teaser featuring the Star Wars role. “Episode 1: F-CK BET,” it read. “NBA YOUNGBOY is under house arrest, imprisoned on the isolated planet HATU. The Brutal Empire of Terror (BET) betrayed LIL NAS X and turned its back on him after using him for power. With the music industry in turmoil, the galaxy is looking for a hero. NAS must use the ancient power of VIDEO EDITING to free YB and defeat the evil BET before time runs out…” Lil Nas X also posted a spoof BET Awards promo to tease the song. †
LATE TO DA PARTY
THIS FRIDAY! pic.twitter.com/4fQcBzCEsd
— cousin of obama (@LilNasX) June 22, 2022
The role seemed to refer to how YoungBoy Never Brake Again (Kentrell Gaulden) was given $1.5 million bail under strict conditions, including house arrest in October 2021 pending trial for federal gun possession, per rolling stone† YoungBoy pleaded not guilty to charges of being a felon in possession of an unregistered Masterpiece Arms 9mm and a .45 caliber Glock Model 21 pistol when he was arrested in September 2020. YoungBoy was placed in custody in March 2021. taken after a chase. His trial is scheduled for July.
Meanwhile, Lil Nas X goes to war with BET. The rollout of the new song seemingly began in early June, after the BET Awards announced this year’s nominations — and Lil Nas X was nowhere to be seen. “Thank you, BET Awards,” he wrote in a tweet on June 1. Billboard† “Another excellent zero nominations. Black excellence!” When asked by a Twitter user why he felt he deserved to be nominated, Lil Nas X replied with, “idk maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year and a critically acclaimed album. I feel like that got me a bit should help.”
Lil Nas X suggested that his sexuality was one reason why he keeps getting banned from the BET Awards. “Not even that, I don’t even need to be nominated. I just feel like black gays have to fight to be seen in this world and even when we get to the top mfs try [pretend] we are invisible.” Less than a week later, Lil Nas X took to Instagram to escalate this feud with the network. He previewed a song, initially called “Late to the Party”, with vocals by YoungBoy. The music started with Lil Nas X repeatedly saying, “F-ck BET.”
Lil Nas X was nominated for Best New Artist in 2020. He was also nominated for five BET Hip Hop Awards in 2019 and 2021, winning Single of the Year and Best Collab, Duo or Group for “Old Town Road”.
BET eventually released a statement in response to Lil Nas X’s frustration: “We love Lil Nas X. He was nominated for a Best New Artist BET Award in 2020, and we proudly showcased his extraordinary talent and creativity twice in the show: he performed ‘Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus at ‘BET Awards’ 2019 and his performance ‘BET Awards’ 2021 was a highlight of our show.No one cheered louder than BET that night.
“Unfortunately, he was not nominated this year by BET’s Voting Academy, which is made up of an esteemed group of nearly 500 entertainment professionals in the fields of music, television, film, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, influencers and creative arts. No one from BET is a member of the Voting Academy.”
“At BET, we are passionate advocates for the wonderful diversity that exists within our community. We are committed to using all of our platforms to bring visibility and inclusion to all the many crossroads of the black community.”