The internet broke in early 2019 when rapper Lil Nas X dropped his experimental country- hip hop, tik tok anthem Old Town Road. It reigned supreme on the billboard for three whole months. Later, it got renditioned with a feature from the man, the myth, the legend, Billy Ray Cyrus himself.
But, the 19-year-old musician has proved he’s more than a one-hit wonder, his new EP, 7, features 7 tracks along with old town road, and is a 19-minute extended play, “Panini” and “Rodeo” are the focal points of the album, with the former featuring songwriting from Kurt Cobain, interestingly.
A BLENDED, EXPERIMENTAL EP: 7
National Public Radio shared their thoughts about the EP and his artistry: “But what’s compelling about Nas X’s range of styles across 7 is how specific his points of reference are, from dour grunge to bratty pop-punk to bright, maximalist electronics. The bizarrely charming “Panini” channels a Rae Sremmurd cover of Nirvana we never knew we needed. “Kick It” takes Travis Scott-style vocal modulation to its uncanniest extreme, complete with string arrangements and a beat that sounds like Hudson Mohawke recording in a gothic monastery. The weirdly poignant “C7osure (You Like)” is a house ballad filtered through an emo-rap lens, with a four-on-the-floor beat by frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da.”
After having the song be kicked off the Billboard charts for not being country enough, which, ironically made the song into the loving meme it is today, Lil Nas X tweeted a video of him “y’all think they gone let me on the rock charts?” while bopping out to his song Bring U Down.
y’all think they gone let me on the rock charts? pic.twitter.com/I6dMZzO1HI
— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) April 20, 2019