After relentlessly teasing his fans, Lil Nas X has finally dropped his long-awaited new single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
The “Old Town Road” hitmaker first previewed the song during the Super Bowl LV in February, later revealing the Filip Custic artwork. Produced by Take a Day Trip, Omer Fedi, and Roy Lenzo, the melodic single is the rapper’s first since he dropped “Holiday” in November, 2020. The song could be a sign that his long-awaited debut album, which he teased in an interview with Complex last year, is finally on the way.
Nas X also shared the official music video for the track, which features references to Greek mythology, Plato’s Symposium, and religious imagery. Check out the by LNX and Tanu Muino-directed video up top.
Before finally dropping the song on Thursday night, X said that he’s “waited 9 months” to release the track “because it’s my baby.” In addition, he teased that the single marks the arrival of “a new era” for him. To further build hype for “Montero,” X gave out $100,000 worth of bitcoin in a promotion on Twitter.
After breaking all sorts of records with “Old Town Road,” the highest certified song in RIAA history, the rapper has been forthcoming with fans about his struggles with his mental health. In a series of posts on TikTok earlier this year, he detailed how his rapid rise to fame further worsened his anxiety and how he was able to break the “one-hit-wonder” curse.
Listen to “Montero” below.