Call Him By His Name: Lil Nas X

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Neely Burns, Editor-in-Chief

After a career full of controversies, Lil Nas X has released a full album, titled MONTERO. This album contains 15 songs, some new, some old, featuring a myriad of artists ranging from Megan Thee Stallion to Elton John.

Throughout his career, Lil Nas X has been no stranger to hate. When first coming out as gay in 2019, Lil Nas X received many homophobic remarks from the public. His main piece of controversy however sparked when releasing his song MONTERO or Call Me By Your Name, the namesake of his new album. This outrage was largely due to the sexual and satanic themes of the music video he put out. Following this music video, Lil Nas X released Nike shoes with a pentagram of human blood which eventually led to a lawsuit from Nike. Several months after however, Lil Nas X returned from a brief hiatus and released his song INDUSTRY BABY, which almost poked fun at both his lawsuit and the hate he was receiving. Lil Nas X says, “I’ve learned to let go of trying to control people’s perception of who I am, what I can do, and where I will be. I’ve realized the only opinion of me that really matters is my own.”

His new album was released on September 17, and lasts 41 minutes and 17 seconds. MegaCritic,  a website that reviews various forms of media, gave MONTERO a 90%, making it his highest rated project to date. Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X’s friend who is featured in his song INDUSTRY BABY states, “ “I really recognize what he’s doing and I think he gets a lot deeper than the jokes and whatever gimmicky stuff people wanna associate — I really think he’s an icon. I really recognize what he’s doing, and I admire him — I admired him long before we met.”

No matter your opinion on the album, just about anyone can respect Lil Nas X’s bounce back from hate and adversity. Listen to MONTERO now!