(Screengrab from Lil Nas X’s Official YouTube Account)
Lil Nas X’s much-awaited single called MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name) is finally here and fans can’t get enough of it! If you will recall, he gave us a preview of the song during Super Bowl LV as it was used by Logitech’s commercial Defy Logic.
The “Montero” in the title of the song is a reference to the singer’s real name, Montero Lamar Hill. MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name) is supposedly about Lil Nas X being in a sexual relationship with a closeted guy but now he “wants to stop pretending with his significant other and act on a first-name basis.”
Lil Nas X sings: “Cocaine and drinkin’ with your friends/You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend/I’m not phased, only here to sin/If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can/Call me when you want, call me when you need/Call me in the morning, I’ll be on the way.”
He also released a letter about the song on Twitter which he addressed to his 14-year-old self; check it out below:
March 26, 2021
MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name) came with a music video which was directed by Lil Nas X himself along with Tanu Muino. Rolling Stone described the music video as “provocative” and “unabashedly queer” while LGBTQ Nation described it as “very sexual” and “super gay.”
Meanwhile, delighted fans bombarded Lil Nas X with messages that mainly say “we’re proud of you,” “you’re such an inspiration,” “that’s so gay,” etc.
Lil Nas X being unapologetically BLACK & GAY, giving queer kids someone to look up to AND pissing of homophobes in the process >>>>>>>#CallMeByYourName #MONTERO pic.twitter.com/REXq9sXqWt— Will👁🅰️Ⓜ️ (@atb__william) March 26, 2021
as a queer dude this was the music video i was begging for when i was a teenager. unapologetic, engaging, fantastical with a gorgeous artist clearly having a great time. thank you so much for this!!! it means so much— 🎀 saє 🎀 (@brokeninprinces) March 26, 2021
Lil Nas X publicly came out as gay on June 30, 2019, the last day of Pride Month, through a tweet just a few days after the release of his debut EP called 7. He rose to fame with his country rap single Old Town Road. According to Chart Data, Lil Nas X’s version of the aforementioned song with Billy Ray Cyrus is currently the most streamed song of all-time in the U.S. with 2.992 billion on-demand streams.
Not being a big fan of rap music, I think I prefer the way that James Baldwin said it: “Love takes off masks that we fear to live without… and know that we cannot live within.”
Considering Mr. Baldwin hide his sexuality in plain sight couple with the fact @ the age of 22 he had a relationship with a 17yr old white swiss teen I think he might be more than open to how Mr. X expresses himself
That video is disturbing. It’s glorifying satanism. LNX found quick fame with his “Old Town Road” a couple years back, he was signed on to a big music company, and now comes the horns, inverted crosses, and “one eyed signs” everywhere. Along with the release of his “666 Nike” shoes, the message being put out there by him is nothing for our youth (his fans) to be looking up to.
who says “satan” exists? The bible? ah, I see….
What about you go beyond, and see the creativity and the artistic side of it?
There is nothing creative or artistic about it. It is all the same imagery and messages again, and again, and again.
When I look at the rank on iTunes, I can tell that many people like it.
You are a very deep thinker!!! Not at all a shallow contrarian who’s merely furthering the perversion of the respectable lesbian gay and bisexuals of this nation and world.
Your opinion of me slides like water on the back of a duck.
The shoes are a clear reference to Satan as the bible verse Luke 10:18 which states : He told them “I saw satan fall like lightning from the heavens” The shoes contain ”1 drop of human blood” Where is the blood sourced from??? Whether you believe in the bible or not, its still a pervasive piece of literature that is clearly referencing a departure where Satan’s representation is of being of ‘bad’ morality. Let’s also ignore that the translation of Lightning from the heavens from hebrew is Baraq U’bama…. Lets also ignore the fact that a certain president shares the… Read more »
this is because you believe that the bible is true.
What if he and most of the population don’t give a damn about the fuckin’ bible?
You should dig deeper about the singer, he explained on his instagram why exactly he did this. Because your bible said that he would go to hell for being gay. Well he is taking his revenge.
With all the frilly stuff I thought it glorified “Satin-ism”. Poof! Instant drag ensemble!
That said, why do you project your religious view or needs onto others? That’s a tactic of oppression.
Are they the “Modern-Day Supremes”?
I believe The Supremes were more attractive and infinitely more talented!
Just sayin Satan or no Satan…I don’t find this guy very compelling….mediocre talent and voice(but then again he’s no diff from most rappers)….just don’t get all the hype????
I used to do rap long ago in it’s infancy, as it had some very palpable-relevant political/cultural messages. I had to watch this, with all the responses I read here. I can’t imagine for the life of me, that “Lil Nas X” would be paying homage to evil, personally, that’s not what I understood in his video/lyrics.
But seemingly, is commenting about that which we desire, we despise, the evil. I think he did piggy-back off of what James Baldwin said (he just said it differently.)
I found it very artful even though not my genre.
Wow, watching “Wendy Williams” this morning, man, looks like black people are stepping away from this, not having it, this whole “satan-666” thing.
‘We’ American black-folk don’t play, being that we take the church quite seriously, as it was what kept ‘our’ sanity through the evils of this country; still under attack.
I had tried to stay neutral on this but, I think ‘we’ may have lost this lil’ bro, I’m suspicious now though, has he given himself over-selling his soul? Time will tell.
you take it too seriously, I think…
You’re most certainly welcome to your opinions. I’ve seen things that defy explanation; not easily explained, “Horatio, there are more things between heaven and earth.”
And you know what, at my age and experience in life, I’ve learned ‘not’ ignore my these things ‘life’ has shown me. On the subject of evil and non-evil, yeah, you bet, I do indeed take very seriously, that, is where your correct.
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