Lil Nas X has been making major headlines this past week. On Friday, the rapper dropped his new single and Christianity-themed music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” in which he descends to hell on a stripper pole and gives Satan a lap dance. On Monday, he also teamed up with MSCHF to drop their “Satan Shoes,” released in tandem with the video. 666 pairs were made, each complete with a drop of real human blood inside the soles.
It’s safe to set both of these new releases from Lil Nas X got the Internet talking. Before all this buzz, however, Vogue spent 24 hours with the star in California to see what a day-in-the-life looks like for him. Lil Nas X let us in on his busy schedule—his workout at the gym, a special photo shoot for “Montero,” and a quick recording session, where he is continuing to work on his forthcoming album to be released sometime in the summer.
How does a day start out for Lil Nas X, you ask? His Vogue video begins with some morning affirmations in the mirror (clad in a Versace house robe, no less). “Who’s the man? Lil Nas is the man,” he says, then heads to the kitchen for some avocado toast. “I am generally a morning person,” he says. “I like to get up super early. I wake up with ideas in general, like with music and a melody, and we see where we can take it.”
Then, it’s on to a workout in the gym with his personal trainer. Working on himself and his health, both mental and physical, is something Lil Nas X has had plenty of time to do this past year. “Of course, COVID has been like a curse to the world, but it’s probably been one of the biggest blessings in my life, in rediscovering my own confidence and strengthening my creativity,” he says.
Then, it’s on to work mode, where Lil Nas X headed to a studio to do a photo shoot for “Montero” (he shot with photographer Filip Custic virtually, through FaceTime!). After sporting some elaborate headpieces, ear cuffs, and a pair of tree-branch wings, Lil Nas X zipped over to the recording studio to put in more work on his forthcoming album. “With this album, my writing from the past has improved by 100 percent,” Lil Nas X teases. “I’m writing about my actual life and things that I’m actually going through. This album will give people a greater sense of who I am and what I stand for.”
Above, watch Lil Nas X’s full 24 hours video.
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