Lil Nas X bared it all on Twitter over the weekend — quite literally. The 21-year-old rapper born Montero Lamar Hill tweeted to his 5.5 million followers that he got bored so he bought some, um, boobs. But what else would we expect from the viral star who is used to breaking the internet?
He broke records with his viral smash, “Old Town Road,” that rode the Billboard Hot 100 for 17 weeks consecutively. After Billboard banned it from their country charts, for allegedly failing to “embrace enough elements of today’s country music,” Lil Nas X redefined what mainstream music thought a western cowboy should look like: think a hot pink 10-gallon hat, dangling earrings, glitter cowboy boots — and now, boobs.
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) February 7, 2021
Similarly, the rapper flashed his chest on Halloween when he paid tribute to Nicki Minaj with a look from her “Super Bass” video. He also shared a TikTok of himself bouncing his new addition to his song “Call Me By Your Name.” “Wait so are they real… or,” one user tweeted in response to the video. As silly as the tweets he sent might have been, it’s refreshing to see how he continues to break out of the box masculine rappers are often placed in. He’s just having a good time and it shows.
NAS MARAJ !!!
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) October 31, 2020
“Lil Nas X re-magined an image of the Wrangler-wearing, horseback-riding man’s man into a young Black representative of youth culture, got the attention of two traditionally macho cultures and then came out on the last day of Pride,” Roy Kinsey, a Chicago-based librarian and queer Chicago rapper told The Los Angeles Times back in 2019, perfectly capturing his appeal. “It was genius.”
Lil Nas X won Best Music Video of the Year and Pop Duo/Performance for “Old Town Road” at the 2020 Grammy Awards, accepting them in a bright pink Versace cropped jacket, mesh top, high-waisted pants with a matching harness, cowboy boots and silk scarves around his wrists.
“Everything lined up for this moment to take me to this place,” Lil Nas told Time magazine in 2019. “Not to sound self-centered, but it feels like I’m chosen, in a way, to do this stuff.”