Billie Eilish Has Sparked A Ton Of Drama On Twitter After She Gave Her Opinion On Rap Music

    "There's a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying," Billie said in a recent interview with Vogue. "That's posturing, and that's not what I'm doing."

    Billie Eilish is being criticised after she recently gave her opinion on rap music.

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    The 18-year-old singer is currently riding high after taking home a ton of Grammys and gracing the front of Vogue in three stunning covers.

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    But, in the accompanying interview, Billie's comments about rap music were singled out when she suggested there's "a lot of lying" in the lyrics.

    Billie added: "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."

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    The comments didn't go down well on Twitter, with people calling it "bullshit" and out-dated.

    People have been saying this for like 25 years. It was bullshit then, and it's bullshit now. https://t.co/CiUvWWdJf2

    I might have been in grade 6 the first time I heard a white person make this criticism of hip hop https://t.co/0AVEyp6CcT

    @XXL BREAKING: Billie Eilish repeats tired talking points about rap and hip-hop that have been around since the 90s

    Others accused Billie of using hip-hop and rap influences in her own music and style before criticising the genre.

    -uses hip hop-influenced music to become famous -takes the aesthetic of hip hop to become a fashion icon -shits on hip hop the normal white woman pop career path. miley did the same thing. https://t.co/6kIXk1nTwU

    this — spouting facile critiques of music by black people — is easily my least favorite stage in the life cycle of an industry plant https://t.co/6FEwjT0pAT

    However, others came to Billie's defence, saying that the quote had been taken out of context and that she'd only been referring to rappers that she personally knows.

    This intentional paraphrasing changes the entire context of what Billie says in her interview. She clearly says “from people I know who rap” indicating she’s talking about specific people and not the entirety of rap. Also talking about the difference in storytelling and lying.

    Please don’t be harder on Billie Eilish than you are on grown adults who share her bad rap opinions

    And another pointed out that Jay-Z had said something similar back in 2018 during his My Next Guest Needs No Introduction interview with David Letterman.

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    At one point in the interview, David asked if "Hip-Hop is all biographical". Jay said no, adding: "It pretends to be. A lot of guys are just telling stories."

    When David questioned him further, Jay continued: "Yeah they lyin'. 9 times out of 10."

    BuzzFeed has reached out to reps of Billie for comment.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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