Lil Nas X Spills on Becoming “A Self-Made Legend,” Finding Love, & Hiring More Security After ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’

Published: Wednesday 11th Aug 2021 by Sam

Lil Nas X has tall goals for himself and his career.

The 22-year-old covers Variety Magazine‘s Power of Young Hollywood Issue and seized the moment to pose it up and dish on many a topic.

Ever candid, the Pop provocateur did not hold back when unpacking his desire to be a “self-made legend,” finding love, homophobia in Hip-Hop, and hiring more security after shaking up the scene with ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name).’

Nas also opened up about his forthcoming debut album (due this summer), which is also titled ‘Montero.’

Peep pics and quotes below…

On His Approach To Stardom:

“I’m always trying to give people a show, you know? While also pointing out the flaws in society. I have a goal in my head for where I want to be, but my entire life and career has been just going in and winging it. Some things work really well and some don’t work at all, and a lot of them are very much last minute — like, I planned the BET kiss literally a day or two before it happened. I just use anything that comes at me to my advantage, even things that others may see as a disadvantage.”

On Meeting Beyonce & Dancing With Her At Her Halloween Party:

“She just said she’s super proud of me and to keep going; it was a next-level experience”

On Love:

“I’ve had some good boyfriends and some bad ones. A lot of them were emotionally unavailable or had a lot of insecurity.” But he says he’s found someone special now. “I think this is the one. I can’t explain it — it’s just a feeling.”

On Learning Self-Love:

“[Encountering homophobia] bred a lot of self-hate. But it also made me stronger. Once I was 17 or 18, I finally accepted it — like, for sure accepted it, slowly, more and more — and now I’ve grown into a person that is 100% open with it.”

On Not Speaking About Homophobia In Rap:

“The honest truth is, I don’t want to speak on a lot of the homophobia within rap because I feel like this is a very dangerous playing field. It’s more for my own safety rather than anything else.”

On Ramping Up Security:

“Yeah [I feel unsafe], a lot of times, absolutely,” he says. “Especially after [‘Montero’]. There was literally someone who chased my car a few days after that video came out, yelling, ‘F*ck you!’ or something. And that’s when I actually started getting security.” Although he’s not sure the video is what caused this stranger to pursue him, “I feel like it couldn’t be a coincidence.”

Excerpt On His Forthcoming Album:

He shares only general details about his album: In addition to being “much more personal” lyrically, it is as musically diverse as “7,” his 2019 debut EP, but “much more cohesive.”

On Almost Starring In Euphoria:

“I was actually going to do ‘Euphoria,’ but I didn’t want to take time away from finishing my album. I definitely want to get into acting, but I feel I have to give it my all, and I want to focus on music for right now. I want my first movie to be amazing.”

On How He Spent Lockdown:

“I think I spent all of the pandemic making music and crying — no in-betweens. For the first month or so, I did not leave my house, and once I did, I was super overly critical of everything I was making. I was letting everything online get to me and feeling like things were over for me.”

On Her Being A Twitter Stan In Earlier Life Is Informing His Stardom Now:

“Being on stan Twitter as a whole, I learned a lot about the things that artists have to go through and also a lot of music industry history. It’s helping me a lot.”

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: Variety / Heather Hazzan]

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  1. Tgj true tea August 11, 2021

    Here come the miserable nobodies to hate on this man for being gay. Smh like who honestly gives a f** if he’s gay it’s not 1960 anymore and if you’re confident and happy with your sexuality you wouldn’t be hating on him. All this weird homophobia smh when’s the last time y’all h0es had a full psychical or ever just worried about yourselves ?

    • Are You Kidding Me? August 11, 2021

      Whoever you are, I’m living for you. I think most of these ‘commenters’ are the same mentally deranged person.

      • Tgj true tea August 11, 2021

        People find any excuse to procrastinate and not better themselves. Let me just write a dissertation on why I hate so and so for their sexuality. Like what sense is that making? Go get a degree or something that’ll help you in life. smh. Keep living love people like you and I will continue to prosper.

    • The Drag Queen August 11, 2021

      Huh? I doubt anyone on here is hating on him because he’s gay…at least not from what I’ve seen from when I’m reading the comment on here and forgive me if I stand corrected because I for one could care less about that….I love the kidzzz🌈 The only complaints I ever hear about or see in regards to LNx is how mediocre and untalented he is….And that’s not just something being said on TGJ, but a universal theme running rampant on ALL blogs currently. So if you’re going to police comments and champion gimmicks, then make sure you hit every other gossip site and music blog as well because it’s the current word on the street that’s starting to spread like food stamps and wild fire 😉

    • Dc August 11, 2021

      But this is alllll he talks about for press sad people have to be gimmicks to get attention now a days

  2. Are You Kidding Me? August 11, 2021

    He’s doing everything Sisqo wishes he could have back in the 90s.

    • The Drag Queen August 11, 2021

      Right! Doing it just without the talent and skills.
      So sad smh.

  3. Keith August 11, 2021

    As a gay man, I am saying this boy has yet to convince me he is genuinely talented. I am hopeful that his forcefulness WILL open the doors for a truly talented black, gay man to achieve the heights of stardom. They ARE out there…

  4. marilyn monh-O-E (Da Real DIVA 👠) August 11, 2021

    This Skinny messy bottom is ugly as f u c k 💅🏿

  5. J August 11, 2021

    I like these photos but where’s the album? Bad enough that it already leaked


  6. Live life,enjoy life August 11, 2021

    Hey ain’t no gay legend at all. He’s just using the gay persona to make his money it isn’t for the community at all. He’s no where near a legend like George micheal or micheal or any other legend.

  7. blue August 12, 2021

    I think most people think is silence but because he is in the spotlight he is thinking out loud with very little restrictions …Sometimes you have to allow people to grow, no one has all the answers but with growth and guidance he might just be alright….

    • akathexfactor August 13, 2021

      Na he supper trash and was a internet troll for years the music was his gimmick and rise to fame, smh!

  8. Becky Goodhair August 12, 2021

    I quote

    “my […] career has been just going in and winging it.”

    And here I thought the deer in headlights look he gives when a camera pans to him was calculated.

    Boo boo pie face: make-up is like truth; if it flatters not, it’ll hurt.

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