Lil Nas X

American rapper, singer and songwriter (born 1999)

Montero Lamar Hill (born April 9, 1999), known by his stage name Lil Nas X (/nɑːz/ NAHZ), is an American rapper and singer.[4] He came to international attention for his country rap single "Old Town Road", which first achieved viral popularity on the micro-platform video sharing app TikTok in early 2019, and was Diamond Certified by November the same year.[a][5][6][7] The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for nineteen weeks, the longest for any song since the chart debuted in 1958.[8][9][10][11] He produced the original version song by buying a $30 beat off of the internet and paying $20 to record for an hour in a discount Atlanta studio.[12]

Lil Nas X
Nas X at the American Music Awards in November 2019
Montero Lamar Hill

(1999-04-09) April 9, 1999 (age 25)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
AwardsFull list
Musical career

In June 2019, Nas X came out as gay, the only artist ever to have done so while having a number-one record.[13][14] "Old Town Road" earned him two MTV Video Music Awards including Song of the Year and the American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Song. Nas X is the only openly LGBTQ artist to win a Country Music Association award.[15][16][17] He won two Grammy Awards for Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, along with being nominated six others, the most for any male in 2019.[18][19] TIME named him to their inaugural TIME 100 Next list.[20]

Songs change

His debut EP, 7, was released in June 2019 with its second single, "Panini", peaking at number five on the Hot 100 and three on Rolling Stone's Top 100.[21] Its third single "Rodeo" with Cardi B, peaked at number nine on the Rolling Stone Top 100. As of September 2019, his songs have been streamed over 2.3 billion times.[15]

Discography change

  • Nasarati (2018)
  • October 31st (2018)
  • 7 (2019)
  • MONTERO (2021)

Notes change

  1. Diamond Certified is moving ten million certified units — streaming and sales combined.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Yeung, Neil. "Lil Nas X Bio". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  2. Del Rosario, Alexandra (August 26, 2019). "VMAs: Lil Nas X Channels Robotic Future During "Panini" Performance". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  3. Jamieson, Brii (June 12, 2019). "Travis Barker Has Written A Song With Viral Country Rap Artist Lil Nas X". Rock Sound. Archived from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  4. Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (July 17, 2019). "Atlanta rappers Lil Nas X, Cardi B among Time's 25 most influential people on the Internet". ajc. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  5. Espinoza, Joshua (March 13, 2019). "Rapper Lil Nas X Scored a Billboard Hot 100 Hit Thanks to a TikTok Meme." Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. Emily Yahr (March 29, 2019). "Billboard pulled Lil Nas X's viral 'Old Town Road' from the country chart. It ignited a controversy". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. Walker, Yvette (October 28, 2019). "Country or Hip Hop?". Medium. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  8. "Lil Nas X, Country Music's Unlikely Son, Sparks Conversation On Genre And Race". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. Sisario, Ben (April 5, 2019). "Lil Nas X Added Billy Ray Cyrus to 'Old Town Road.' Is It Country Enough for Billboard Now?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. "Lil Nas X hit 'Old Town Road' makes Billboard charts history". Associated Press. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  11. Trust, Gary; Anderson, Trevor (July 29, 2019). "Winner's Circle: Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Breaks Record With 17th Week Atop Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  12. "Lil Nas X biography".
  13. Sheffield, Rob (July 19, 2019). "The 'Old Town Road' Goes on Forever". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  14. Thompson, Paul (July 17, 2019). "Lil Nas X Is Strategically Closing in on History". Vulture. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "21 Under 21 2019: Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Mason Ramsey & More of Music's Next Generation". Billboard. September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  16. "Lil Nas X Reacts to Winning AMA for 'Old Town Road' | AMAs 2019". [[Billboard (magazine)|]]. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  17. Bollinger, Alex (November 14, 2019). "Lil Nas X is the first out gay person to win a Country Music Award". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  18. Warner, Denise (November 20, 2019). "2020 Grammy Nominees: The Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  19. "Montero Lamar Hill". 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  20. "Camila Cabello and More Stars Among 2019 TIME 100 Next Honorees". E! Online. November 13, 2019. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  21. "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. July 2, 2019. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.