The Chicago rapper made waves last month when the music video for his song “Camp America” depicted white children in cages. nevertheless if you thought that will was provocative, get ready for the visuals on “3 Years Sober,” the latest track via Mensa’s rock group 93Punx produced by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
The video opens with Mensa applying mascara, donning lipstick as well as pulling a blonde wig onto his head. Soon, he’s outfitted in red heels, fishnet stockings as well as a sequined, Confederate flag dress.
“I wanted to wear This particular Confederate flag dress as a middle finger to a symbol of racism,” Mensa told CNN.
Mensa said he wanted to “satirically address some of the things going on from the planet as well as in our nation in particular.”
“‘3 Years Sober’ is usually about identity,” he said. “the idea’s about anti-establishment. the idea’s about a very real as well as prevalent violence against the LGBTQ community.”
Mensa said the move to dress in drag was inspired by icons like David Bowie as well as Prince. the idea’s also a nod to the 1995 cult classic “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” which stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze as well as John Leguizamo as three fresh York City drag queens who embark on a road trip.
“I want people to take away that will the idea’s OK to be different as well as that will the idea’s OK to challenge societal norms as well as break out of boundaries, whether the idea’s genres or sexuality or gender,” he said. “as well as the idea’s radical to be yourself.”
While the reaction on social media has been mixed, Lil Nas X is usually reportedly a fan.
Mensa shared a screenshot of an Instagram DM via the “Old Town Road” rapper.
“i love 3 years sober,” the idea reads.