“This might get me in trouble but I’m just gonna say it,” Hall told Pride Source. “I love Lil Nas X and I love that video (for “MONTERO”). I’ve watched it eight billion times. It inspired me, and I’m such a huge fan of his. But when I was growing up and getting into the industry, somebody that was Black in ‘The Color Purple’ on Broadway pulled me aside and said, ‘You’re so talented, and I need you to know that you’re going to have to do more turns, jump higher, be more flexible, be able to do backflips, sing higher and riff more than any of them to be able to get in the room.”
Hall continued, saying that his “Color Purple” co-star added, ‘You might not be able to make the amount of money or you might not get the amount of followers [as your non-Black counterparts]. I need you to know so you don’t think you’ve done something wrong.’”
Though Hall made it clear he admires Lil Nas, he also said that the controversial “Old Town Road” rapper, who recently made out with one of his dancers for all to see at the BET Awards, “knows his lane.”
“I don’t think Lil Nas can come out with a song that’s not a shocking country song [where] he’s collaborating with Billy Ray Cyrus, or [not] do something that’s so shocking as taking a stripper pole from Heaven down to hell and twerking on top of the devil, beheading him and taking the devil’s horns to become the devil himself to get people’s attention.
“I think it’s great,” Hall went on. “But I think that Lil Nas, and I can’t speak for him, but he probably knows that singing a song that’s just a format that the Jonas Brothers, that Shawn Mendes, that James Arthur, that Ed Sheeran, that Sam Smith, that any of these other performers have been able to do would not be enough.”