Who is Joyner Lucas? Rapper once known as G-Storm stirs huge outcry over Lil Nas X and ‘Satan Shoes’ scandal

The Lil Nas X controversy became serious when rapper Joyner Lucas joined in and here's all we know about him

                            Who is Joyner Lucas? Rapper once known as G-Storm stirs huge outcry over Lil Nas X and ‘Satan Shoes’ scandal
Joyner Lucas (Getty Images)

Does Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’ contain human blood? That is the one question buzzing on minds ever since the ‘Old Town Road’ singer unleashed a collaboration with MSCHF. A statement reportedly claimed that each of the individually numbered 666 pairs will “contain 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood” and will sell for $1,018 as a nod to the Bible verse printed on the side of the shoes, Luke 10:18: “So He told them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.'”  

In no time, the rapper was massively trolled on social media and he retorted back with brand new WHITE sneakers that many fans joked had “a drop of Chick-fil-A sauce.” The conversation soon became serious when rapper Joyner Lucas joined in. 


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Commenting on how the scandal could hurt Lil Nas X's image, he wrote, “I think the biggest problem for me is the fact he don't understand 'Old Town Road' is every kids' anthem. Children love him for that record. They tuned in and subscribed to his channels. So with no disclaimer, he just dropped some left-field ish & all our kids seen it. Smh.” Lucas' words on Twitter stirred a huge debate.

Soon, Lil Nas X replied to him saying, “I literally sing about lean & adultery in old town road. u decided to let your child listen. blame yourself.” Amid all the controversy and backlash, if you are wondering who is Joyner Lucas, here's all we know about him. 


Who is Joyner Lucas?

Born on August 17, 1988, Gary Maurice Lucas Jr grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and reflected on being biracial in an interview with Pitchfork. Recording music since the age of 10, Lucas was inspired by his soul music producer father. “I was born in the studio. I knew I loved music,” Lucas explained. “I found my niche at, like, seven or eight. That’s when I knew I wanted to rap.” 

The South High Community School graduate — who inked a record deal with Atlantic Records (home to artists like Bruno Mars, Lil Uzi Vert, Ed Sheeran and Ty Dolla $ign) — said in an interview with Telegram, “I was a troubled kid... got suspended a lot and expelled... I have a record, I’ve sold drugs and been caught, but I changed it around. l I feel like I wasn’t supposed to be in this position, but I made it. I was supposed to be locked up. I was supposed to be distracted. But I changed it, which proves everyone has control over your own destiny.”

Rapper Joyner Lucas performs onstage during the final night of the 2019 IndiGOAT tour (Getty Images)

“Eventually, I started bobbing my head and freestyling, and he [Lucas' father] told me to write that stuff down,” he then said. “I’m not afraid to tell people how I’m living; if I’m f—– up in the game or if I’m broke and if things ain’t right with my life,” he added. “I just love music, in general. I love art. I love putting together s— that inspires people. It’s really about the feeling that I get from doing music for me. Different music makes you feel different things and if I can make music that people gravitate towards for whatever reason or because it made them feel a certain way then that’s what’s important to me.”

Did you know he first started rapping under the name G-Storm? Soon after, he changed his moniker to Future Joyner and collaborated with his uncle, Cyrus tha Great. The duo formed a group called “Film Skool Rejekts” and released their collaboration mixtape, ‘Workprint: The Greatest Mixtape of All Time’ in 2007.

Rapper Joyner Lucas performs onstage during the "IndiGOAT" tour at Toyota Center (Getty Images)