To celebrate the impending arrival of the new record, X collaborated with photographer Adrian Per for a People-published special report featuring a collection of images spotlighting the metaphorical pregnancy.
The idea for the shoot, X explained to writer Brianne Tracy, was inspired by Megan Thee Stallion’s verse on a track off Montero. As for the superb timing of the pregnancy-themed shoot’s release, which comes just days after X shared a spoof of Drake’s pregnant emoji-filled Certified Lover Boy cover art, Nas expressed surprise at how it all coming together.
“I was like, ‘There’s no way the universe is lining up this perfect for this to happen,” he said.
Elaborating on this expression of artistic parenthood, Lil Nas X said he guesses he’s both “the father as well as the mother,” though he noted that the producers he worked with on the new album are also akin to fathers.
“Or maybe uncles,” he added.
Montero is slated for birth on Sept. 17. Additional guests on the 7 EP follow-up include Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Doja Cat, and Jack Harlow.
When revealing the SpongeBob SquarePants and John Stephens-inspired cover art earlier this week, X pointed fans to a verse from the Book of Genesis, namely a portion about how an alleged higher power made the decision to rest for a day after whipping up a whole universe.
Also this week, the Trevor Project—the leading U.S. organization focused on providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth—honored Lil Nas X with the inaugural Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year award. Accepting the accolade, X noted he often receives messages from his fans detailing their struggles, which has helped him realize the impact of his voice and the potential power of his artistic expression.