“Y’all gone learn to stop playing with God … God is not to be played with … From shoes with devil signs and devils blood in the [shoe] sole?” Tyrese wrote in a comment on The Shade Room‘s Instagram on Friday (December 1).
“We can all change I get it but I feel a way about people making a mockery about Jesus. Do you, life your life .. Do what makes you happy but yall better stop playing with Jesus out here.”
The multihyphenate’s comments about the “devil signs and devils blood in the [shoe] sole” refers to the 2021 controversy sparked by the “Old Town Road” rapper when he worked with MSCHF to create the “Satan Shoes” — 666 pairs of customized Nike Air Max 97s that the company claimed each contained “60 ccs of red ink and 1 drop of human blood.” At around the same time, Nas X also dropped a Satan-themed video for his song “Montero.”
Tyrese’s comments came as a result of the “Industry Baby” artist’s recent preview of an upcoming guitar-driven track in a video that finds him rocking straight hair and singing in a slow drawl in the passenger seat of a truck.
“Father stretch my hands/ The lonely road seems to last the longest/ Help me with my plans/ Everything seems to go to nowhere/ Free me from worry/ Free me from all this envy in me,” he croons.
The clip continues with Lil Nas X kneeling in the middle of the street wearing a jean skirt; then running into an intersection.
“Y’all mind if I enter my Christian era?” he captioned the snippet.
Hours after Nas X posted the unreleased snippet on Wednesday (November 29), he responded to backlash from listeners saying that his new subject matter conflicted with his sexual orientation.
“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,” he jabbed back.
“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.”
The 24-year-old hasn’t dropped any new tunes in 2023, but that appears to be changing soon.