Lil Nas X had the time.
In case you don’t internet often, Lil Nas X, the rap sensation responsible for “Old Town Road,” recently released a new show-stopping single titled “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” The music video, which also dropped on March 26, features the Grammy winner’s pole-dancing descent from heaven to hell, where he proceeds to give Satan a lap dance before stealing his mantle.
If you think conservatives had a problem with “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, then you’re damn right they had issues with “Call Me By Your Name,” especially considering many of them somehow believed “Old Town Road” was a kid-friendly anthem. Guess they didn’t understand the lyric, “Riding on a tractor, lean all in my bladder. Cheated on my baby, you can go and ask her.”
Critics are also up in arms about Lil Nas X’s new collaboration with MSCHF: a pair of unofficial Nike Air Max “Satan Shoes,” complete with a drop of human blood and a bronze pentagram. According to CNN, the $1,018 sneakers sold out in under one minute.
Lil Nas X took some time on March 28 and 29 to hit back at his detractors. “I am an adult,” he replied to one user. “I am not gonna spend my entire career trying to cater to your children. That is your job.”
When one person compared “Call Me By Your Name” to “Old Town Road,” the rapper pointed out that while his breakout hit was beloved by kids, it was not written for children. (“Old Town Road” is the most-streamed song of all time.)
Jokes aside, the meaning behind this song is incredibly personal for the rapper. Along with the release of “Call Me By Your Name,” Lil Nas X shared a heartfelt open letter to his younger self explaining why he came out as gay and showcases that in his art.
“I know we promised to never come out publicly,” he wrote in the tweet. “I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.”