“Dear 14-year-old Montero,
I wrote a song with our name in it. It’s about a guy I met last summer. I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be “that” type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist. You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be. Sending you love from the future.
It can’t be easy being an out and proud rapper, but with the release of Lil Nas X latest single and video ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)’ today, we see that this hasn’t stopped the artist from embracing his true self and allowing all those stereotypes to fuel his creative offerings.
Arguably, the artist has never been shy about his sexuality and having fun with it, (I mean did we all see his epic ‘NAS MINAJ’ instagram post) but this track and video is the first time he has truly and unapologetically ‘pushed an agenda’ and it feels like the perfect time for the artist to do it.
The video is packed with biblical references and Greek mythological imagery, combined with contemporary themes of gender fluidity. The concept starts in the Garden of Eden where ‘Adam’ played by Lil Nas X is tempted by a snake and falls into a colosseum of judgement where he is sentenced to death by various versions of himself. After his execution, he ascends to heaven before being pulled down into hell (sliding down very stylishly on a pole with some PVC thigh high boots may we add) where he harnesses his sexuality to seduce the devil and strip him of his own power. This narrative of discovering and embracing ones own personal power and acknowledging that there is no such thing as good and evil, is one which many can relate to, and who doesn’t love a video with some pole choreo?!
Watch the video below: