Lil Nas X Shares Self-Doubts in Open Letter to His Younger Self

Lil Nas X has shared his doubts and frustrations with being perceived as a "one-hit wonder" in a moving open letter to his younger self ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new single.

The 22-year-old performer—whose given name is Montero Lamar Hill—told his 20-year-old self to believe in himself after he was propelled to worldwide fame in 2019 with his hit "Old Town Road."

"dear 20 year old montero," he addressed himself in the note posted to Twitter. "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."

He added: "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."

Lil Nax X burst on to the music scene with his Western-themed hit in 2019, which became a viral smash before dominating the charts proper.

The success of "Old Town Road" led to Lil Nas X releasing more viral hits including "Panini" and "Holiday."


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Earlier this year however, the singer gained notoriety for his track "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" which featured a highly controversial video showing the singer giving Satan a lapdance, prompting outrage from certain groups.

Today, July 23, is the release of Lil Nas X's latest highly anticipated release.

"Industry Baby" features Jack Harlow and was produced by Kanye West and features a colorful music video of the performer in prison.

The video satirizes his recent legal trouble with Nike over the copyright infringement lawsuit due to the release of the unauthorized Satan shoes earlier this year.

"Music is the way I fight for liberation. It's my act of resistance," the rapper said in a statement.

"But I also know that true freedom requires real change in how the criminal justice system works. Starting with cash bail.

"This isn't just theoretical for me. 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."

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Lil Nas X poses backstage during the 2019 Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 28, 2019 in Indio, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach