(AllHipHop News) Use of religious imagery in art is always a touchy subject.
Blac Youngsta is now facing similar criticism for a picture he posted on Instagram.
Last night, the Memphis rapper uploaded a photo of himself tied to a cross like the crucifixion of Jesus.
Apparently, it was meant to be an homage to the cover art of Tupac Shakur's The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.
"HAIL MARY COME WITH ME 🙏🏾 R.I.P TUPAC #HEAVYCAMP," wrote Youngsta in the picture's caption.
The image did not sit well with some IG users, and the "Birthday" rhymer pushed back against the negative reactions by mentioning a Hip Hop legend.
"BUT IT WAS COOL WHEN NAS DID IT," Blac Youngsta tweeted.
As noted earlier, Nas' 1999 music video for "Hate Me Now" was viewed as very controversial at the time because the Queens emcee depicted himself as Jesus throughout the clip.
Bad Boy Records head Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs was featured on the song and in the video.
The religious symbolism actually led to Puffy attacking Nas' then manager Steve Stoute with a champagne bottle.
Combs was angry because he requested that any scenes of him on a cross be removed, but when the visuals debuted on MTV the images of him being crucified were still included.
An edited version of the "Hate Me Now" video without the scenes with Puff on the cross was eventually presented instead.
Nas addressed the Puff Daddy/Steve Stoute incident on his God's Son track "Last Real N**** Alive."