Technically “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” sounds nothing like Lil Nas X’s original breakout single “Old Town Road”, which stirred some controversy by being deemed too hip-hop for country radio before ultimately dominating the Billboard charts at large anyway. However, this new track aims for a similar unexpected mashup of sorts, blending low-key rap with a beat that recalls flamenco and reggeaton dipped in pop. It’s catchy, warm, and primed to become a summer hit.
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” derives its title from Nas’ birth name, which may explain some of the angelic life-versus-death themes present in the song’s music video that bring to mind cherubs. At one point in the clip, the Grammy-winning rapper can be seen floating in the sky with massive (and almost Sufjan Stevens-esque!) feathered wings before he gets lost in a handful of other angelic, heavenly scenes.
If he plays his cards right, Lil Nas X could continue the good fortune he experienced pre-pandemic last year. The rapper won two Grammys, put on a viral performance with BTS at the awards show, and ushered in a new round of remixes to celebrate his 7 EP. Late last year, he followed up “Old Town Road” with “Holiday”.
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