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Lil Nas X Celebrates That He’s ‘Still Here’ as ‘Montero’ Tops Hot 100

As Lil Nas X returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the rapper is recalling how he escaped the “lowest point of his life.”

In a series of social media posts Monday (April 5), Lil Nas X (real name Montero Lamar Hill) turned back to a point in time where he felt like giving up after the success of his record-breaking Hot 100 No. 1 and diamond-certified hit “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released exactly two years ago.

“Y’all told a 19 year old who had just escaped the lowest point of his life that he would never have a hit again. you told him to stop while he’s ahead. he could’ve gave up,” he tweeted. “But 4 multi platinum songs and 2 #1’s later, he’s still here. thank you to my team and my fans! ily.”

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In an Instagram post, Nas remembered feeling sorry for himself and creatively stifled until he started working with “Montero” co-writers and producers Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi and Roy Lenzo in 2020. The 21-year-old artist also recalled crying every 10 minutes in the studio back in June, when he decided to film a short video congratulating the future Lil Nas X for “[pushing] through,” which he posted on Monday to ring in the good news.

“Last year i was sitting in my apartment thinking it was all over for me. i was trying so hard to be perfect, to please everyone, and not make any enemies. that stifled me creatively. i felt so sorry for myself. but around this time in 2020 i pulled it together, me, daytrip, omer, & roy, worked for months on end,” Lil Nas X wrote. “One day in june i was working on a song and found myself leaving the studio every 10 minutes to cry. but i didn’t stop working, a melody came to my mind. ‘call me when u want na-na-na-na na, and i knew it was something special about it, fast forward a year later it’s the biggest song in the world. thank you guys so much. we get to decide OUR own destiny, never let the world decide it for YOU! i love you!”

“Montero” drew 46.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 1 and attracted 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending April 4, according to MRC Data. The song also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart and No. 2 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Fellow rapper 24kGoldn commented he was “prada u bro” underneath his IG post; Fedi co-wrote and produced “Mood” for 24kGoldn, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

See Lil Nas X’s tweets below.

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