Lil Nas X has been one of the most dominant artists in the world, ever since his 2019 breakout hit single, “Old Town Road,” ft. Billy Ray Cyrus. 2020 also saw him have another hit, in “Holiday. This year has been one to remember though, as the Atlanta native has even more huge singles, such as “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” “Sun Goes Down,” and “Industry Baby,” featuring Jack Harlow.
Nas X Releases Debut Album, “Montero”
Nas X also had one of the best album rollouts of 2021, for his debut studio album, “Montero.” This included promotional activities on social media, such as appearing to be “pregnant” with Montero and doing a $500,000 Bitcoin giveaway, for fans. This project was released on Friday and was instantly approved, by fans. Montero contains 15 tracks, with additional star-studded collaborations with Megan Thee Stallion, Elton John, Doja Cat, and Miley Cyrus. The Montero single initially debuted at number one, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, in March, and Industry Baby debuted in the number two spot, last month.
Nas X Explains How Album Helped Him Cope With Pain
On Saturday morning, Nas X acknowledged on Twitter how he’s dealt with a lot of internal pain, and the process of creating the Montero album, helped him tremendously, in overcoming these feelings.
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“I love joking but on a serious note making this album was therapy for me. i began healing many unchecked wounds, facing skeltons in my closet i never wanted to, fighting internally every day and crying persistently, MONTERO is truly my baby. thanks for the love.”
Nas X also spoke with PEOPLE, regarding how much of an impact the “Sun Goes Down” single made, in regarding to saving people’s lives.
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“To be 100 percent honest, I didn’t want to do that song at first,” Nas X explained. “I guess it was because I’ve never done something so personal. I was scared to let people see my vulnerability because I didn’t want them to use it against me. But when I released the song, I got messages from people telling me that it saved their life. It doesn’t feel real quite yet.”
“Montero” Album Expected To Be Number One In The US
With all of the momentum that Nas X has built for himself for this album this year, Montero is projected to be number one, on the Billboard 200 chart, next week. His last project that came close to this position was his “7” EP, in the summer of 2019, which debuted at number two. That was the project that contained hits such as Old Town Road, “Panini,” and “Rodeo,” featuring Cardi B. With the success of Montero so far, Nas X is also gaining the support of endorsement deals, such as commercials with Uber Eats, which also features fellow collaborator, Elton John.
Nas X Hasn’t Shied Away From Controversy This Year
In addition to his hit records, Nas X has mastered the art of constantly trending on social media. This includes twerking on Satan in his “Montero” music video, and also selling his own Nike Air Max 97 “Satan Shoes.” This was in partnership with MSCHF and was soon hit with a lawsuit from Nike, which blocked additional sales of them. Nas X has also sadly faced criticism about being open about his sexuality as a gay man, but this still doesn’t bother him, as he remains confident, and still one of the most successful artists in the world now.