Montero Lamar Hill (born April 9, 1999) is an Atlanta-based hip-hop musician better known by his stage as Lil Nas X. He dropped out of college during his first year of 2018 to focus only on music. In response to this, he stated:
Everybody thought I was crazy, I knew what I was doing. Thank you everyone, this just the mf beginning!
NASARATI, his debut mixtape, was released on July 24, 2018.
He launched the song “Old Town Road” on December 2, 2018, which went viral thanks to TikTok memes. In early March 2019, it eventually made it onto the Billboard Hot 100.
Before being excluded from the country charts, Old Town Road reached #1 on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music, and was the first song to chart on both the Billboard country and hip-hop/R&B charts. This sparked a lot of debate. The song was eventually remade by Billy Ray Cyrus, a country singer.
On Michael McCrudden’s famed YouTube show “Before They Were Famous,” on April 3, 2019, it was revealed how Lil Nas X earned his rap name. He stated, ”
It was originally Lil Nas just to be ironic ‘cause every new rapper’s name has ‘lil.’ Kinda got stuck with ‘lil’ after building a small fanbase. Added the ‘X’ later on standing for the amount of years until I feel like I will be considered a legend.
On May 13, 2019, Billboard reported that Lil Nas X has signed a worldwide deal with CAA.
Lil Nas released his debut EP, 7., on June 21, 2019.
In January 2021, his hit song Old Town Road became the highest-certified song ever by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with 14-times platinum status in the US, meaning it sold 14 million equivalent song units.
Lil Nas X released C is For Country, a children’s ABC picture book, on January 5th, 2021.
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” was released by Lil Nas X on March 26. The next day, he revealed that his first studio album, MONTERO, would be released this summer.
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