Hip-Hop is in a strange space when a pop artist is calling out Rap artists for the content of their songs.
“Rap Cap” is a new term used in Hip-Hop that was made popular by rap artist SKVIII. It is used everywhere now and shows no signs of slowing. Billie Eilish seems to jump on the bandwagon and is now calling out such lyrics.
Billie Eilish recently sat with Vogue and admitted that the storytelling in her music is mostly fiction, saying she and her brother Finneas enjoy developing characters and writing from the perspective of those characters. However, what she and her do is far different from what rap artists are doing in there music, according to Billie Eilish. There’s a big difference between telling an entertaining story and lying about your life.
“Just because the story isnâ€™t real doesnâ€™t mean it canâ€™t be important,” Eilish said. “Thereâ€™s a difference between lying in a song and writing a story. There are tons of songs where people are just lying. Thereâ€™s a lot of that in rap right now, from people that I know who rap. Itâ€™s like, â€˜I got my AK-47, and Iâ€™m fuckinâ€™,â€™ and Iâ€™m like, what? You donâ€™t have a gun. â€˜And all my bitchesâ€¦â€™ Iâ€™m like, which bitches? Thatâ€™s posturing, and thatâ€™s not what Iâ€™m doing.”
Just like many of the pop artist before her, Billie Eilish is heavily influenced by hip-hop and embraces the culture. Eilish has collaborated with Denzel Curry and Vince Staples to name a few. These connections have made her appear to be a friend of hip-hop.
As far as her own lyrics, Billie Eilish’s mother,Â Maggie Baird, toldÂ VogueÂ some of her daughter’s morbid songs used to scare her.Â
“I needed to understand that this was essentially creative writing,” she said. “There were things Billie did that totally worried me in terms of her behavior. The stuff she used to write on her bedroom walls scared me: â€˜Why am I alive?â€™â€¦ But not the lyrics. The really dark stuff is fiction.”
Eilish’s success has earned her great commercial success. She walked away from the Grammys with five awards this year.
“The internet is such a stupid-ass mess right now,” Eilish told Vogue when discussing the backlash Drake received for sending her praise through text messages. “Everybody’s so sensitive. A grown man can’t be a fan of an artist? There are so many people that the internet should be more worried about. Like, you’re really going to say that Drake is creepy because he’s a fan of mine, and then you’re going to go vote for Trump? What the fuck is that shit?”