Lil Nas X introduced his impressively detailed fantasy world with “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).”
On Friday (March 26), the rapper dropped his latest single and provocative music video. In less than twelve hours, the cinematic music video amassed over 1.5 million views.
He introduces the video in a voiceover by speaking about his imaginary land of Montero, named after his birth name (Montero Lamar Hill). “In life, we hide the parts of ourselves we don’t want the world to see,” he tells viewers. “We lock them away. We tell them, ‘No.’ We banish them. But here, we don’t.”
Once the video begins, viewers are in for a thematic ride that includes mythical tales and countless characters that Nas portrays. Nas is seen in the Garden of Eve as Adam making out with an alien version of himself, stoning himself as Marie Antoinette in the 18th century and even giving a lap dance to the devil.
Along with the video, he shared a letter that he wrote to his 14-year-old self. “I wrote a song with our name in it. It’s about a guy I met last summer. I know we promised to never come out publicly, 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,” he wrote.
“You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be. Sending you love from the future,” he concluded.
The majority of fans quickly obsessed over the characters in his new world and how unapologetically he is showing off his true self and creations. Meanwhile, other people believed that he copied FKA Twigs’ 2019 music video for “Cellophane.” Her video was also set in a fantasy world and features a similar pole dancing scene. Additionally, fans pointed out that Nas won the 2020 Grammy award in the Best Music Video category for “Old Town Road,” beating out Twigs’ “Cellophane.”
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