IN March 2021, Lil Nas X was caught up in controversy after he released a sneaker that featured a pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood.
Despite formerly claiming that he was going on trial after his sneaker release, the rapper and singer made an announcement on July 19, 2021 regarding the case.
Why was Lil Nas X going ‘to jail?’
At the time of Lil Nas X’s controversial sneakers release, Nike was granted a temporary restraining order against MSCHF, the Brooklyn-based creative agency tasked with creating the rapper’s sneakers.
The restraining order prohibited MSCHF from fulfilling any orders of the Satan Shoes.
When the suit came out, Nike accused MSCHF of tricking consumers into thinking they approved the devilish sneakers.
Nike stated that it “is in no way connected with this project” and accused Nas’ collaborator company of buying the shoes from them, modifying them, and upping the price.
The company alleges that their famous Swoosh logo is still prominently featured on X’s shoes.
Nike sued for damages and wanted a judge to block Lil Nas’s notorious “Satan Shoe” sales.
He took to TikTok to make a series of joke videos leading up to the matter.
Lil Nas X put up a video with a caption that reads: “When you have court on Monday over the Satan Shoes and might go to jail but your label tells you to keep making TikToks.”
The rapper further joked about the situation with a follow-up video.
In the video, he pretends to practice his court appearance while a Nicki Minaj audio repeatedly states, “Hold on, hold on, hold on” in the background.
The caption of the second video reads: “Me in court on Monday when they ask why I put blood in the shoes.”
Why did Lil Nas X go to trial?
The “court hearing” that followed for the release of the Satan Shoes turned out to be a trailer for a new music video for his new Kanye West-produced single, “Industry Baby.”
In the teaser for the video, Nas stands trial over the “Satan Shoes,” but is asked by the prosecution about being gay before being sentenced to time in “Montero State Prison,” a reference to the singer’s legal first name and his previous single.
The actual court case between Nike and MSCHF settled in April.
The teaser clip is two minutes long and Nas plays every character in the video, acting in the sketch as himself, his lawyer, opposing counsel, the judge and more.
The sketch “hearing” sees the trial refocus from his shoe controversy to his sexuality.
“Let me rephrase the question: Do your momma know you gay?” his lawyer character asks him while on the stand in the video.
When he answers “yes,” a juror makes his feelings on the matter clear: “Lock him up, throw away the key.”
The video drops on July 23, 2021.
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