On Friday, September 17th, The Lithia Springs, GA native rapper/singer/songwriter–Montero Lamar Hill, known by his stage name Lil Nas X, released his debut album titled “Montero“. Despite the backlash, scrutiny , controversial statements and comments made by artists like DaBaby (who made a “homophobic comment on stage during his Rolling Loud concert set), Lil Boosie (Who’s been all over the internet, and social media–and even on an interview with The Breakfast Club), and other prominent spectators–Lil Nas X continues to be unapologetically, himself.
You can decide for yourself, if you want to go back and watch those epic moments of awe, where DaBaby and Lil Boosie gave also, their unapologetically advised opinion but, here are two videos for your convenience.
A quick rewind, for those who aren’t caught up on all the things LNX has been up to.
On December 3, 2018, Lil Nas X released the country rap song “Old Town Road”. He bought the beat for the song anonymously on an online store from Dutch producer YoungKio for $30; it samples Nine Inch Nails‘ track “34 Ghosts IV” from their sixth studio album Ghosts I–IV (2008). He recorded at a “humble” Atlanta studio, CinCoYo, on their “$20 Tuesdays” taking less than an hour, according to Wikipedia. So in essence, he literally only spent around $50 to make this song. Call that the “ROI of the century, LOL”
It debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later climbing to number one. The track also debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 19 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 36. Shortly after, Lil Nas X signed with Columbia Records, and in March 2019, Billboard controversially removed the song from the Hot Country songs chart–stating that it didn’t meet the criteria to be labeled as such.
In Arpil of 2019–After adding Billy Ray Cyrus (father of actress/singer/songwriter, Miley Cyrus) to the remix of Old Town Road, Lil Nas X broke Drake’s record for the most U.S. streams from one song in one week, with 143 million streams for the week ending April 11,–surpassing Drake’s “In My Feelings”, which had 116.2 million streams in a week in July 2018; as of August 2019 it has streamed over a billion plays on Spotify alone. The official video has over 370 million views.
Lil Nas X has been the most controversial conversation since the time when Drake forgot to tell the world about his son, Lil Uzi got a $24 Million dollar diamond implanted into his forehead, and when Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion released their explicit “WAP” single. At least, in my opinion, these were some of the most controversial moments we’ve had in the past two or three years–music wise. Oh… let’s not forget about Frank Ocean’s “coming out” in 2012 just before Channel Orange was released. He also received a lot of criticism for his Wrangler Jeans partnership, that caused a boycott from it’s supporters. It was looked at as an act of racism in the country music culture.
Since then, he has released his EP titled “7”, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart, other hit singles like Rodeo with Cardi B, Panini”, and more titles.
LNX later partnered with New York-based art collective, MSCHF, and tried to release a modified pair of Nike Air Max 97s called Satan Shoes, that never released due to a trademark lawsuit filed by NIKE. Only 666 pairs were to be released and sold at $1, 018 BUT, he did revealed that his debut album was “almost finished” around the same time.
With all of the controversial news surrounded by Lil Nas X, he has finally decided to address everything during an interview on the #1 syndicated radio show in the U.S., ‘The Breakfast Club’. I wont connotate
Alright so, the time has come to reveal the artwork and tracklist for the new album titled, Montero”.
Stream and Listen To ‘Montero’ Below! Don’t forget to leave your thoughts on the new project below.