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MONTERO

Lil Nas X

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When he moseyed onto the scene in 2019, conquering the charts and mainstream conversation with his country-rap novelty "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X could have been relegated to a pop culture footnote or trivia night as a one-hit wonder. Two years, a very public coming-out, and another number one hit later, he not only remained part of the conversation, but became a driver of the discussion, evolving his sound, pushing cultural boundaries, and expanding his fan base as an irrepressible queer icon. That undeniable charm, defiance, and open heart is on full display on his official debut, the triumphant Montero. A breath of fresh air, the album is one of those instant classics, packed with as many catchy jams as introspective musings, bound together by the character Montero's own relatable perspective as both a hero and a villain, navigating newfound fame while processing his identity as a young, gay Black man in a traditionally intolerant genre. His overflow of emotions is set to a delightful blend of genres, veering from booming rap anthems such as "Industry Baby" with Jack Harlow, "Scoop" with Doja Cat, and "Dolla Sign Slime" with Megan Thee Stallion to surprisingly emotive gems like the touching "One of Me" with guest pianist Elton John, and the biographical, guitar-strummed "Tales of Dominica." These moments of vulnerability are the most welcome shock from an artist who is an expert at pushing buttons, flexing an unexpected artistry and honesty rarely heard in mainstream pop or hip-hop. Indeed, for listeners in search of the club bangers, those occupy less space than the heartfelt fare, but it's all for the better. On the confessional "Sun Goes Down," Lil Nas X reaches out to his younger self, detailing his struggles with sexuality, self-confidence, and suicidal thoughts, a bittersweet motivator that will no doubt connect with fans with similar struggles. The tender "Void," the explosive alt-rock "Life After Salem," and the dour duet with Miley Cyrus, "Am I Dreaming," tug at the same heartstrings, but it's the upbeat Outkast-goes-pop-punk blast "That's What I Want" that delivers on both emotion and energy. As Lil Nas X urgently cries, "I want someone to love me/I need someone who needs me/That's what I f*cking want!" over a bouncy beat and handclaps, his frustration and yearning are palpable. This mix of toughness and sensitivity makes for a compelling listening experience, one that inspires chest-puffing braggadocio as well as quiet sobbing in a dark corner. Montero delivers in droves, a powerful realization of self that boldly places sexuality, honesty, and vulnerability at the fore.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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Lil Nas X

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1
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
00:02:17

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Omer Fedi, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vocal - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Vocal - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
DEAD RIGHT NOW
00:03:41

Noel Goring, Composer, Lyricist, Organ - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - James Connor, Background Vocal - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Jasper Harris, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Strings - Ashley Jackson, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Patrizio 'Teezio' Pigliapoco, Mixing Engineer - Tom Levesque, Producer - Thomas James Levesque, Composer, Lyricist, Horn, Keyboards - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - Jason McGee and The Choir, Choir - Cassandra R. Chism, Background Vocal - Quishima S. Dixon, Background Vocal - Walter Cassius Carter, Recording Engineer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
INDUSTRY BABY
00:03:32

Mark Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Nick Lee, Composer, Lyricist, Horn, Co-Producer - Kanye West, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Background Vocal, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Nickie Jon Pabón, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Raul Cubina, Composer, Lyricist, Programmer - Ojivolta, Misc. Prod. - Ryan Svendsen, Trumpet - Maclean Porter, Vocal - Jack Harlow, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Eric Lagg, Mastering Engineer - Ashley Jackson, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Patrizio 'Teezio' Pigliapoco, Mixing Engineer - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow, AssociatedPerformer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
THATS WHAT I WANT
00:02:23

Ryan Tedder, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocal - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer - Omer Fedi, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocal - Blake Slatkin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Background Vocal - KBeaZy, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Background Vocal - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - Keegan Bach, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
THE ART OF REALIZATION
00:00:24

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - David Biral, Composer, Assistant Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Producer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
SCOOP
00:02:54

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Doja Cat, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Amala Zandile Dlamini, Composer, Lyricist - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Maclean Porter, Vocal - Omer Fedi, Misc. Prod. - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Vocal - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X feat. Doja Cat, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
ONE OF ME
00:02:41

John Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass - Ilsey Juber, Composer, Lyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Elton John, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer - Ben Ward, Double Bass - Denzel Baptiste, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer - David Biral, Assistant Engineer, Vocal Producer - Jack Ward, Cello - Jelli Dorman, Recording Engineer - Roy Lenzo, Recording Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - Jasper Sheff, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Piano, Drum Machine - 18yoman, Strings - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Glenn Hopper, Strings - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X feat. Elton John, AssociatedPerformer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
LOST IN THE CITADEL
00:02:50

John Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Ben Ward, Double Bass - Jon Castelli, Mixing Engineer - David Biral, Assistant Engineer - Jack Ward, Cello - Josh Deguzman, Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - 18yoman, Strings - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
DOLLA SIGN SLIME
00:02:25

Nick Lee, Composer, Lyricist, Horn, Co-Producer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Daniel Escobar, Assistant Engineer - Shawn "Source" Jarrett, Recording Engineer - Maclean Porter, Vocal - Megan Thee Stallion, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Megan Pete, Composer, Lyricist - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - Lil Nas X feat. Megan Thee Stallion, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
TALES OF DOMINICA
00:02:26

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer - Ben Ward, Double Bass - Harry Ward, Violin - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Jelli Dorman, Recording Engineer - Omer Fedi, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vocal - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Programmer, Recording Engineer, Vocal, Misc. Prod. - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - 18yoman, Strings - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Vocal Producer, Misc. Prod. - Lydia Sawires, Violin - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
SUN GOES DOWN
00:02:48

John Hanes, Engineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Vocal Engineer - Nick Seeley, Drums - Harry Ward, Violin - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Jelli Dorman, Recording Engineer, Vocal Engineer - Andrew Luce, Composer, Lyricist - Omer Fedi, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Vocal - Roy Lenzo, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Recording Engineer, Vocal - Blake Slatkin, Composer, Lyricist - Eric Lagg, Mastering Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Olmo, Composer, Lyricist - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - Keegan Bach, Composer, Lyricist - 18yoman, Strings - Popnick, Misc. Prod. - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Freya Schack-Arnott, Cello - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
VOID
00:04:08

John Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Strings, Bass - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer - Joe Visciano, Mixing Engineer - David Biral, Assistant Engineer - Carter Lang, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Jelli Dorman, Recording Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - 18yoman, Strings - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Glenn Hopper, Strings - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
DONT WANT IT
00:02:10

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixing Engineer - Zach Steele, Engineer - DT, Producer, Keyboards - Jacques Morel, Background Vocal - Dylan Wiggins, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Background Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocal Producer, Bass, Background Vocal - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Omer Fedi, Guitar, Misc. Prod. - Nick Mira, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Bass - Hello Yello, Keyboards, Misc. Prod. - Jaden Wiggins, Bass Guitar - Nicholas Mira, Composer, Lyricist - Martin Rodrigues, Drums - Dorien Theus, Composer, Lyricist - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Background Vocal - Hannah Storm, Background Vocal - Mervin Hernandez, Background Vocal - Delisa Shannon, Background Vocal

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
LIFE AFTER SALEM
00:03:30

John Cunningham, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Recording Engineer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Ben Ward, Double Bass - Joe Visciano, Mixing Engineer - Denzel Baptiste, Vocal Producer - David Biral, Assistant Engineer, Vocal Producer - Carter Lang, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Jack Ward, Cello - Roy Lenzo, Video Producer - Lil Nas X, Whistles, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist - Jasper Sheff, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar - 18yoman, Strings - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Recording Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Glenn Hopper, Strings - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Strings

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
AM I DREAMING
00:03:03

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer - Kuk Harrell, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer - Ben Adler, Violin - Tom Elmhirst, Mixing Engineer - Miley Cyrus, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Background Vocal - Miley Ray Cyrus, Composer, Lyricist - Denzel Baptiste, Composer, Lyricist, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Producer, Recording Engineer, Bass, Vocal - David Biral, Composer, Lyricist, Assistant Engineer, Keyboards, Vocal Producer, Bass, Vocal - Jack Ward, Cello - Take A Daytrip, Producer - Vincent Goodyer, Composer, Lyricist - Jelli Dorman, Recording Engineer - Omer Fedi, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocal Producer, Vocal - Roy Lenzo, Recording Engineer - Lil Nas X, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Montero Hill, Composer, Lyricist, Background Vocal - 18yoman, Strings, Misc. Prod. - Drew Sliger, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Mervin Hernandez, Assistant Engineer - David Dickenson, Assistant Engineer - William K. Ward, Composer, Lyricist, Strings, Misc. Prod. - Lil Nas X feat. Miley Cyrus, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

When he moseyed onto the scene in 2019, conquering the charts and mainstream conversation with his country-rap novelty "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X could have been relegated to a pop culture footnote or trivia night as a one-hit wonder. Two years, a very public coming-out, and another number one hit later, he not only remained part of the conversation, but became a driver of the discussion, evolving his sound, pushing cultural boundaries, and expanding his fan base as an irrepressible queer icon. That undeniable charm, defiance, and open heart is on full display on his official debut, the triumphant Montero. A breath of fresh air, the album is one of those instant classics, packed with as many catchy jams as introspective musings, bound together by the character Montero's own relatable perspective as both a hero and a villain, navigating newfound fame while processing his identity as a young, gay Black man in a traditionally intolerant genre. His overflow of emotions is set to a delightful blend of genres, veering from booming rap anthems such as "Industry Baby" with Jack Harlow, "Scoop" with Doja Cat, and "Dolla Sign Slime" with Megan Thee Stallion to surprisingly emotive gems like the touching "One of Me" with guest pianist Elton John, and the biographical, guitar-strummed "Tales of Dominica." These moments of vulnerability are the most welcome shock from an artist who is an expert at pushing buttons, flexing an unexpected artistry and honesty rarely heard in mainstream pop or hip-hop. Indeed, for listeners in search of the club bangers, those occupy less space than the heartfelt fare, but it's all for the better. On the confessional "Sun Goes Down," Lil Nas X reaches out to his younger self, detailing his struggles with sexuality, self-confidence, and suicidal thoughts, a bittersweet motivator that will no doubt connect with fans with similar struggles. The tender "Void," the explosive alt-rock "Life After Salem," and the dour duet with Miley Cyrus, "Am I Dreaming," tug at the same heartstrings, but it's the upbeat Outkast-goes-pop-punk blast "That's What I Want" that delivers on both emotion and energy. As Lil Nas X urgently cries, "I want someone to love me/I need someone who needs me/That's what I f*cking want!" over a bouncy beat and handclaps, his frustration and yearning are palpable. This mix of toughness and sensitivity makes for a compelling listening experience, one that inspires chest-puffing braggadocio as well as quiet sobbing in a dark corner. Montero delivers in droves, a powerful realization of self that boldly places sexuality, honesty, and vulnerability at the fore.
© Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

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