Lil Nas X Fans Are Losing It Over ‘Montero’ Cover Art Inspired by SpongeBob and Bible (UPDATE)

'Montero' is out next month and will see Lil Nas X taking his music in a more personal direction following a string of hits that included "Industry Baby."


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UPDATED 9/1/21, 12:07 p.m. ET: After revealing the cover art for his new album, Lil Nas X has unveiled the full tracklist, which includes features from Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Elton John, and Miley Cyrus. 

Check out the full tracklist below.

SEP. 17. 2021

— pussy (@LilNasX) September 1, 2021

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Lil Nas X’s Montero rollout has been one for the ages, complete with blood-infused “Satan shoes” and the brief but unforgettable omnipresence of “nah he tweakin.’”

Tuesday, mere hours after sharing his own take on Drake and Damien Hirst’s pregnant emoji-centered Certified Lover Boy art, X unveiled the cover for his debut full-length.

Fans were quick to note that the silhouette of X seen on the cover, which the “Sun Goes Down” artist later confirmed references a John Stephens piece titled Genesis II, was previously featured in the “Industry Baby” video and a Montero teaser clip.

Others, including whoever’s currently running the Tidal Twitter account, compared X’s placement on the cover art to a key moment from SpongeBob SquarePants lore. X himself pointed to the oft-used floating meme. Mr. SquarePants was also recently drawn into discussions surrounding the second iteration of Kanye West’s Donda performance art events, which ended with West floating up to the theoretical heavens.

X later pointed to a verse from the Book of Genesis, which recounts—among other things—how a higher power decided to have themselves a bit of rest after handcrafting all of existence. 

Montero, due Sept. 17, was described by X in a recent Variety feature as being “much more personal” than his previous work. “I have a goal in my head for where I want to be, but my entire life and career has been just going in and winging it,” X said in the cover piece by Jem Aswad and Ramin Setoodeh.

Below, see more of X’s comments about the Montero cover art, as well as what fans think about its unveiling.

OUT SEP. 17. 2021

— pussy (@LilNasX) August 31, 2021


— pussy (@LilNasX) August 31, 2021


ARTISTS: John Stephens
ART: (Genesis II)

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work”

— pussy (@LilNasX) August 31, 2021

the album art is a continuous loop, to represent the circle of life.

— pussy (@LilNasX) August 31, 2021

Inspired by none other than SpongeBob SquarePants.

— TIDAL (@TIDAL) August 31, 2021

if there’s anything Lil Nas X is gunna do, it’s give some good album art for sure, he ate

— Grijalva 🇸🇻 (@mgrijalva98) August 31, 2021

this is insanely gorgeous. i am not a god stan but he kinda popped off with lil nas x

— the unscrupulous t.i.a. (@vincevangoth) August 31, 2021

Kanye’s album cover: a black square
Drake’s album cover: a bunch of emojis
Lil Nas X’s album cover: ART

— Russell (@RussellHFilm) August 31, 2021

when i have lisa frank lucid dreams they look like this

— t poe (@tayarisha) August 31, 2021

Alt cover for the people who hate feet

— t (@junkiesRpeople) August 31, 2021

— Love, Danny ❤️🤍💙 (@DannyWxo) August 31, 2021

Straight men are going to be mad at this one!!! All hail Lil Nas X!!!!

— @PumpkinSpiceCup 🌺🌸🌹🌻🌼🌷 (@PumpkinSpiceCup) August 31, 2021

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