Lil Nas X’s First Album, Montero, The end has come – and yes, the haters also arrived in full force. This project is the latest attraction to gain fame in the 21st century. Lil Nas X used his grasp of the internet to generate massive hits out of nowhere, and continued to use his unnatural ability to troll to become a legitimate star and Grammy winner. He is the representative of using social media in creative and creative ways.
Lil Nas X introduced a meme into a career
Few artists have harnessed the power of the Internet better than Lil Nas X. It’s true that he was the one who cracked the code. He honed his Twitter skills running a fan account for Nicki Minaj when he was a restless creative figure named Monteiro Hill. He knew he needed an outlet, but wasn’t sure where to focus his energy. His musical career happened almost by accident.
Lil Nas X bought a beat for their first hit, “Old Town Road,” for $30. The song was mostly regarded as a joke when it was first released. But it was catchy and cute enough that fans focused a TikTok challenge around the song. The pure power of memes and dance videos pushed “Old Town Road” to the top of the Billboard charts.
As the goofy song naturally is, most of the buzz surrounding it, and Lil Nas X himself, was not. Country music gatekeepers initially struggled to keep the song off the country charts. There was clarity and courage in Lil Nas X to see racism in response. What’s more, he is an openly gay black man in a world that remains hostile to the LGBTQ community. But Nas X in no way allowed discrimination to hinder its rise. In any case, he has used it to his advantage.
He has cleverly used hate to further promote his album.
The more vitriol thrown in Lil Nas X’s path, the bigger his profile gets. so much for marketing Montero The homophobe was made to be infatuated who can’t help but give her constant attention.
The video for the single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” is subversive and fun for some, and confrontational for those who are actively haters. Her demonic acts and the old-fashioned religious panic over “devil shoes” carried her name for weeks. Lil Nas X further fanned the flames with his video for “Industry Baby,” which doubles down on sexuality, citing the uproar over the previous video.
The hypocrites demanded some kind of assistance for these acts. Meanwhile, “Call Me By Your Name” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, and “Industry Baby” hit #2. Lil Nas X continues to play with the concept of gender on social media with her pregnancy photoshoot. To him, all publicity is really good publicity.
Throughout it all, Lil Nas X has, as always, taken to Twitter for using a popular format to make a statement. “There is nothing more joyous than making people who hate me, hate me more.” he tweeted.
He is part of a generation of artists who express their queerness in different ways
Lil Nas X is the next in a line of modern black artists who, despite their hatred, have no hesitation in expressing their queerness through their work.
In 2012, Frank Ocean announced that his first love was just days before cementing his stardom with his debut album. Since then, he has become more inclusive and selective about sharing his personal life, but references to homosexuality still base his work on his second album. White And on the singles “Channel” and “DHL”.
Tyler, the Creator, took a pretty windy route up to this point. As he matured and became less driven by anger, he revealed more about his true self. “The next in line they’ll be like ‘Wow’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004” was one of many signs of same-sex love Tyler’s 2015 project flower Boy. Like Ocean, Tyler does not speak much about his life other than his music, but his later albums. igor And call me if you get lost Expanded relationships with men and women, normalizing sexual fluidity for men.
Much progress has been made around the world regarding gay rights, but there is still a long way to go. As long as that’s true, artists like Lil Nas X will remain without shame themselves.
Sorry, Lil Nas X fans, there’s no such thing as an uncensored ‘Industry Baby’ music video