Just some of reigning king Lil Nas X’s best moments trolling Twitter

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Say what you want about Lil Nas X (and plenty of people do), but you can’t pretend he’s not one of the best Twitter users to ever take to the social network.

In just under two years since he’s come out, the “Old Town Road” and “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” rapper has proved that not only is he capable of topping charts and covering magazines, but he can make or break the internet in a few pushes on the keyboard. Let’s review some of his best work.

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Especially in the digital age, personalities that have a penchant for witty remarks can become some of the most successful, adored people in the world. Music and brand mogul Rihanna, out rapper Cardi B, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are just some examples that come to mind.

Lil Nas X has picked up on the social media strategy too. His timeline is a mix of consistent jokes, self-deprecating humor, clapbacks at his many haters, and some rare, but real, reflections on his life.

He promotes his actual music and work on there, sometimes, too.

Rumored for a long time to have lived a few previous lives on Twitter as a Nicki Minaj ‘stan’ (known as ‘barbs’), one unique part of Nas’s tweets is his ability to fan the flames of anti-gay backlash — before shutting it down.

Here are some of the best moments where Lil Nas X trolled his fans and haters alike on Twitter, such as…

His attempt to get this turtle canceled

The time he made hip hop stars uncomfortable by dressing up as Nicki Minaj

Lil Nas X dressed up as an amazing drag version of Nicki Minaj for last Halloween. He then spent days responding to homophobia.

Many of the comments came from others in the hip-hop world, like rappers 50 Cent and Dave East. He deleted many of the tweets but his responses have lived on.

“Why u in barb business?” he asked 50 Cent. When East tried to call him an anti-gay remark but spelled it wrong, Nas made sure he knew.

“it’s ‘batty man,'” he called out East, who “can’t even be homophobic the proper way smh butchering the hell out of the patois.”


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Nas using seven simple words to send a failed Congressional candidate and Trump sycophant packing

Angela Stanton-King is the goddaughter of Alveda King, the anti-LGBTQ and rightwing niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The failed congressional candidate has a history of extreme anti-LGBTQ statements, including associating homosexuality and trans identity with pedophilia. She was pardoned by Trump before he left office.

Now, she spends her days attacking LGBTQ people, especially trans people — like her own daughter. Most recently, she went to watch a drag show at an LGBTQ club in Miami, then accused them of pedophilia and bought harassment upon them.

When she tried to come for Nas though, her attempts to disparage him didn’t work.

“So this is what black culture is pushing to our youth now? Sex with everything and everyone including yourself? Is lil nas x tonguing himself down?” Stanton-King tweeted regarding Nas’s appearance on the single cover to the song “Holiday.”

“Just say ur turned on and go,” Nas responded. Stanton-King has since received a permanent ban from Twitter.


Out-trolled the ultraconservative “news” sites after they didn’t get his jokes

Anti-LGBTQ advocates and conservative media sites constantly try to attack Nas over anything they can find.

That backfired when an anti-abortion group grabbed a video from Nas’s Instagram, and the anti-abortion publication Live Action News reported on it, claiming they had proof that the entertainer had “flippantly admitted” his acceptance of abortion.

“The ‘pregnant fan’ was a boy on my instagram making a joke about him being pregnant,” the rapper tweeted, adding, “u losers.”

Despite the clarification, other right-wing media sites like the Daily Wire reported on the video and claimed Nas was “taunting” anti-abortion advocates. Needless to say, Nas had the internet laughing about it.


His ruthless dragging of South Dakota’s anti-trans governor Kristi Noem

… then Kaitlin Bennett … 

… and Candace Owens …

… and Joyner Lucas, too …

then Kaitlin Bennett again, which Seth Rogen said was “Maybe the best tweet of all time?”

All over their outrage from the “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video…

Which featured Nas giving a lap dance to the devil in hell.

Which he followed up with teasing the controversial custom-made “Satan Shoes,” which ended up garnering legal action from Nike and had to be recalled.

He attempted to even the score with “Chick-fil-A shoes.”

Nas’s plan to celebrate “Call Me By Your Name” becoming a #1 song

Despite the backlash and criticism over the controversial imagery, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

It became Nas’s second #1 hit, proving he would not be a one hit wonder as many of his detractors had wished.

He took to celebrating on social media, of course — and in his true fashion, the tweets may surprise you.


The song is his second single to hit the charts after “Old Town Road” held the top spot for a record-breaking 19 weeks in 2019.


Slipping in gay terms and references whenever possible

Beyond controversies and dunking in response to haters, Nas still has made some tweets that have managed to make waves without focusing on his detractors.

His favorite go-to, unsurprisingly, is posting a ton of gay jokes, innuendo, and tongue-in-cheek references to gay culture or stereotypes about gay culture.

Coming out only as Lil Nas X could

Nas has kept us enamored with his personality for years, and almost two years ago, even the way he came out publicly was as Lil Nas X as it could’ve been.

After his extended play 7 came out on June 21, 2019, rumors were amplified about his sexuality. He made it clear at the end of Pride month.

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to ‘c7osure’,” he wrote, simply adding a rainbow and including a video with most of the song.

A source had to confirm that he was coming out to quell any further confusion.

He said later, “thought i made it obvious.”

It’s been quite a journey since then, and while Nas has certainly grown, he’s nailed down the basics.

Just earlier this month, he took the opportunity to look back on ‘c7osure’, considered his most personal song.

Of course, there was a joke tied into it.

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