After eight months of anticipation, Lil Nas X finally drops his long-awaited single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
The track, which the Grammy-winning rapper first teased back in July, marks his first release since November’s Christmas-inspired “Holiday.” Rihanna has already given it her stamp of approval, describing it as “banging” during a livestream.
“Cocaine and drinkin’ with your friends / You live in the dark, boy, I cannot pretend / I’m not phased, only here to sin / If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can,” raps Lil Nas. “Call me when you want, call me when you need / Call me in the morning, I’ll be on the way.”
Along with the song, he debuted an epic video, which he co-directed. “bro i wrote this song myself, co-directed the video, and had to step way out of my comfort zone for this moment to take place tonight! i hope you guys love it! FUCKK I CANT WAIT!!!” he told fans.
Earlier this year, Lil Nas revealed that his real name, Montero, was inspired by his mother’s favorite car, a Mitsubishi Montero.
“It’s slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed,” he told Jimmy Fallon. “My mom wanted the car, the Montero, and she never got one… So yeah, I’m named after a car.”
Nas is now readying his full-length debut album, the follow-up to his 2019 EP 7, which spawned the record-breaking smash “Old Town Road.” Aside from a “very popular” male singer, he kept the features to a minimum this time around.
“I just feel like I really want to give people me and just me on some of these, because I feel like, especially with singles last time, I always followed up with a feature or a remix,” he told Apple Music last year. “And it’s like, ‘Okay, no, here’s my song. It’s just me here. You’re going to love this. Here you go.’ And some songs I honestly just feel like, ‘Okay, this doesn’t need anything else.’”