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“Live your life to its fullest potential and don’t really care too much about what other people think of you."

Lil Nas X



With a career spanning just under five years, Montero Lamar Hill, more commonly known as Lil Nas X, has sent shockwaves through the musical world. Racking up 89 award nominations and 22 wins, Lil Nas X has quickly risen to the top as one of the most recognizable artists of his generation. However, there’s still one question that no one can quite answer: where did he come from?

His stage name combines "Lil" (a common naming trope for rappers), "Nas" from a Twitter account he ran while a devoted fan of Nicki Minaj and "X" as the Roman numeral 10 (the number of years he thought it would take to find fame). Lil Nas X was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 9th, 1999. He grew up outside of Atlanta in a poor household. Lil Nas X attended Lithia Springs High School before graduating in 2017. He started playing the trumpet in his fourth grade and was the first chair by his junior high years but decided to quit out of fear of looking uncool. In high school, his main focus was online life as a superfan of Nicki Minaj. On Twitter as @nasmaraj, Nas interacted with other Minaj admirers — the Barbz — and learned how to get attention on social media.

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Nas has said he was aware he was gay since he was 5 years old. As he got older, he witnessed the bullying and homophobia people who came out had to deal with and decided he would always stay in the closet. His father was a gospel singer and Nas had to attend church. Nas enrolled in the University of West Georgia to study computer science, but he didn't like college. He wrote songs and found he loved creating music. He decided to drop out of school to focus on that. During that time, he would stay with his sister and support himself with jobs at Zaxby's restaurants and the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park. With a beat purchased online for $30, he created his own country-trap song, titled "Old Town Road. Nas posted the tune to SoundCloud in December 2018. His social media abilities helped the tune go viral on TikTok and spread on other sites.


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Lil Nas X merged the pastoral tones of hip-hop and country music, putting his unique spin on a subgenre dubbed 'country-trap'. In March 2021, “Old Town Road” became the most-streamed song of all time in the U.S. It’s been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify alone. On June 30, 2019, Lil Nas X came out as gay while "Old Town Road" was atop the Hot 100, becoming the only artist to do so while having a number-one record. Lil Nas X was the most-nominated male artist at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Time named him as one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet in 2019, and he was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2020. 

There aren’t many black stars in country music; there aren’t many queer stars in hip-hop. There aren’t many queer black stars in American culture. As streaming and social media have democratized pathways to success, hip-hop has become the dominant sound of popular music. More and more in recent years, hip-hop has been merging with country. “He’s been able to break down cultural barriers as well as pre-existing notions of musical genres,” Ron Perry, the chairman & CEO of Columbia Records, Lil Nas’ label, tells TIME. “He has remained authentic and true to his art and this is just the beginning.”





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favorite music video for Montero (Call Me BY Your Name), 2021

favorite song (rap/ hip hop) for Old Town Road (Remix), 2019

Apple Music Award: Song of the Year for Old Town Road, 2019

BET Hip Hop Awards: Best collab, Duo or Group and Single of The Year, for Old Town Road (Remix), 2020

Billboard Music Awards: Top Hot 100 Song, Top Sreaming Song, Top Selling Song, Top rap Song, for Old Town Road (Remix) in 2020

Grammy Awrads: Best Pop Duo (group performance) and Best Music Video for Old Town Road, 2020

MTV Music Awards: Best video for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) 2021