Lil Nas X is back with a new song and visual to piss off the masses. And it GOES. Watch and listen inside.
Lil Nas X got 5 years in “Montero State Prison,” and the “Industry Baby” song & video for his lock-up BANGS, ok?
He’s quickly becoming our favorite video king, making the masses mad upset over his unapologetically gay, skin-heavy, interesting, story-driven and cheeky vids. This time around, Lil Nas X takes a break from twerking on the devil (whom he killed at the end of that “Montero (Call Me By My Name)” video, btw) to go prison. And the twerking and dancing continued on the jail block bars, in the shower with other inmates and in the prison yard.
— nope (@LilNasX) July 19, 2021
After streaming live from the courtroom at his trial on Monday, the 2-time Grammy winner has been transported to Montero State Prison for the release of his new song and video, featuring production by Take a Daytrip and Kanye West. According to his press release, it all touches on Nas X finding his confidence and proving wrong anyone who ever doubted his staying power.
OUT NOW!!!! pic.twitter.com/MsvcJrLxwV
— Take A Daytrip (@takeadaytrip) July 23, 2021
The song is the latest to be released from the highly anticipated upcoming album Montero, due later this year via Columbia Records. The accompanying visual was based on a story by Lil Nas X and directed by Christian Breslauer. It follows Nas X throughout the prison as he serves his time and tries to break free with a little help from fellow inmate Jack Harlow, who joins him on the track.
Oh, and Jack isn’t the only surprise to pop up in the vid.
Clearly I was a lil preoccupied @LilNasX … #IndustryBaby https://t.co/pLJae0xDv3
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) July 23, 2021
Former “Teen Wolf” and “Arrow” star Colton Haynes – who made headlines after opening up about his sexuality for the first time this past December – was that distracted corrections officer.
The 22-year-old rapper is putting all his celebrity to good use too. He also announced that he’s joined forces with The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization on a mission to end cash bail, one of the key drivers of mass incarceration and structural racism in the U.S. criminal legal system. Here’s a snippet from the press release:
Through the “Bail X Fund,” he hopes to encourage other artists to join him and The Bail Project in the fight to end cash bail. Lil Nas X himself has made a starting donation, Jack Harlow is jumping in to help as well, and fans are invited to donate with them. All donations go directly into The Bail Project’s national revolving bail fund to pay people’s bails. To date, The Bail Project has posted over $47M in free bail assistance for over 17,000 low-income people across the country. They also provide post-release support through court reminders, free transportation, and voluntary referrals for housing, substance use treatment, and other services based on a person’s needs. Lil Nas X says this isn’t just theoretical for him. “It’s personal. I know the pain that incarceration brings to a family. And I know the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on Black Americans and the LGBTQ community. Let’s bring people home & let’s fight for freedom and equality.”
And his letter to his younger self, Montero Lamar Hill:
Dear 20 year old Montero, I wrote a song for us. I know sometimes you feel like it’s all downhill from here. I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers. I know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you. And I know if you hear the phrase ‘one hit wonder’ one more time you might combust. But I need you to keep going. I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up. I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And I need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU.” – lnx
Lil Nas X continues to give us the content and social activist vibes we didn’t know we needed.
he warned yall, dont be mad at him https://t.co/7KaUqtKT8S pic.twitter.com/pPXGYqzLh6
— Streaming Industry Baby (@notpranto) July 23, 2021