Lil Nas X’s triumphant debut album, ‘MONTERO’
A dynamic transformation of branding and personal identity has led to the musical growth of one of the most prominent LGBTQ + rappers of our generation: Lil Nas X. Preceded by a social media campaign for launching the era, his eponymous debut album “MONTERO” presents his duality of playfulness and vulnerability as he details his journey through his triumphs and insecurities.
In a digital age where separating artist from art is practically impossible, Lil Nas X perfectly interweaves his active character on social networks and his work without letting him interfere with his profession. His social profiles complement his work, making connections beyond the music and making the music seem more personalized to fans.
Despite the comedic and Twitter-like personality, the musical growth of the “Old Town Road” rapper allowed for significant personal reflection throughout his debut album. âSUN GOES DOWNâ remains a standalone track that details the accomplishments of his homosexuality, his intrusive suicidal thoughts, and his struggles as a gay black man feeling self-conscious about his identity. The mellow instrumental paired with her soft voice brings an upbeat ending to the track, singing the lyrics of her coming out: “I’m glad everything went well for me / I make my fans so proud of me.”
The rapper’s roots and his pre-fame life are subjects he doesn’t hesitate to tackle either as he slows down the pace of the album. “TALES OF DOMINICA” and “VOID” document her weak points in life and the insecurities surrounding her future. In writing a note to himself referring to his “old friend on the road,” he shares his fears during his years before mainstream success until he finally had the courage to pursue a career. musical career.
The dark-themed pieces express the common anxieties of someone experiencing the societal pressures of success and internalized identity conflicts, but experiencing the artist’s personal growth adds a touch of hope to ballads.
Vulnerability is not the only development in Nas’ musical career; his music is no longer limited to rap. Adapted to the agonizing era we live in, Nas dashes into the rock genre with his breakup song “LIFE AFTER SALEM”, detailing a dying relationship where he channels his frustrations with someone who no longer returns his love. Beginning with a slow electric guitar riff and continuing in the middle of the song, the song takes the listener through Nas’ angry emotions.
Continuing the emotional journey and exploration of the genre, her second collaboration with the Cyrus family, “AM I DREAMING” with Miley Cyrus, is a calming yet passionate ballad that delivers a punchy finale to the album. The duo harmonize, begging a lover never to forget them following their separation. The perfect pair for the song team up to wrap up Nas’ star-studded album.
The collaborations are a testament to the greatness of Nas’s long-awaited debut album. With appearances from Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and Elton John, Lil Nas X establishes his own unique sound, enough not to be overshadowed by his own collaborators. As highlights, Doja Cat and the H-Town Hottie complement Lil Nas sonically through their distinct rap styles in “SCOOP” and “DOLLA SIGN SLIME”, respectively. The Wellness Anthems exude the playful mirth that follows female rappers through their lyricism and performance – perfectly matched to Nas’ musical style and the Twitter personality we are familiar with.
The sparkling brand he created for himself shines through in the first album with his determined singles, notably “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”, “INDUSTRY BABY” and “THATS WHAT I WANT”. With the three frenzied tracks screaming triumph in their own way, Nas asserts his material successes, his sexual desires and his acceptance of his identity.
An evolution of “Old Town Road” and “Panini”, Nas’ career now carries a goal beyond mere entertainment; he became a dominant voice for LGBTQ + youth in “MONTERO”. Few artists present the struggles of the LGBTQ + community, but the Georgian rapper’s diverse song list maintains a balance between the personal and joyful aspects that come with being a part of the community.
Songs of Victory and Vulnerability feature the artistic progression of Lil Nas X, who has proven not only his ability to entertain but also his versatility in musical genre and lyrical content. From Nicki Minaj’s stan to a hit-maker, the rapper has created a body of work whose potential impact goes far beyond his provocative yet comedic digital personality. In Nas’ own words, “[he] to put [his] all busy in this album.