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There’s a new No. 1 song in the country. Steve Lacy‘s hit “Bad Habit” knocked Harry Styles‘ “As It Was” out of the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

“Bad Habit,” from Steve’s second studio album, Gemini Rights (2022), spent four weeks at No. 2.

According to Billboard, “Bad Habit” is the first song in history to simultaneously top Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Hot R&B, Hot Rock & Alternative, Hot Rock Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts.

The musician, born Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya in Compton, California, is among the new breed of emasculated rappers and singers now getting their turn to shine.

The 24-year-old struggled for a decade to find his own niche, first as a guitarist for the alternative band The Internet, then as a singer, songwriter and producer.

He earned a Grammy nomination for executive producing and performing on The Internet’s 2015 studio album Ego Death.

He also co-wrote songs for Solange Knowles, Chloe x Halle, and Kendrick Lamar (“Pride”).


But success didn’t come easy for Steve. It took a dramatic transformation in both his music and personal style for Steve to get the attention he deserved.

Steve’s fashion sense evolved from hoodies and baggy jeans to dresses and skirts. Now he’s No. 1 on the pop charts.

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As for his love life, Steve admits he’s bisexual, but he’s not willing to be the torch bearer for the LGBT+ community.

“I don’t want to be a spokesperson for nobody,” he told Billboard.

“I just make what I want to make and connect where I can, but I can’t speak for a group of people. We’re all so different,” he says.