In true “shocker” fashion, Lil Nas X has set the internet on fire with a controversial photoshoot for his upcoming debut album, “Montero.” As he celebrated his “baby,” which is scheduled for delivery on Sept. 17, the 22-year-old portrayed an expectant mother – complete with a big ole’ baby bump for the world to see.
Well, some people did not like his “art,” but hey, if we think about it really hard, it’s not the first time we’ve seen a “pregnant man” in media. Remember one of our favorite Cosby Show episodes, when Heathcliff, Elvin and Martin all gave birth to the “babies” of their dreams, such as hoagies and Marine battleships. That didn’t bother many of you too much, right? So, just think of this as what it is – art, expression and comedy!
The rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, told PEOPLE that he was inspired to do the photoshoot after listening to Megan Thee Stallion’s verse on his new song “Dolla Sign Slime.”
2 WEEKS UNTIL BABY MONTERO ARRIVES 🦋💕🫂— MONTERO 🦋 (@LilNasX) September 3, 2021
what y’all bringing to the baby shower? pic.twitter.com/KYzaR3EIxw
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing,’ so I immediately called my stylist,” he told PEOPLE. “She was like, ‘Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, this is my baby, huh?’ As a joke, she was like, ‘Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.'”
Now, we are not saying Lil’ Nas X tried to steal anyone’s thunder, but not only did he release his baby bump photos on the day Drake debuted his highly-anticpated 6th album, “Certified Lover Boy,” but Lil Nas X jacked and remade Drake’s cover art. So…not… cool….
Welp, all is fair in “Love and Hip Hop,” as they say, and Drake has nothing to worry about. He’s never needed a gimmick to promote his craft.
Also, Lil Nas is saying the creation of his album provided a sense of therapy during the pandemic.
“I’ve changed in so many ways. I’ve changed the way that I handle a lot of situations, the way I manage my sadness and anger and just understanding that I don’t have to react to emotions in certain ,” he said. “I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose how to react. I’ve learned to let people’s comments roll off my back.”
The artist added that he feels like he’s finally found a great balance between being “as real as possible” within his music and making a hit song.
In addition to Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X collaborated with Elton John, Miley Cyrus and Doja Cat.
Check out some of the internet responses below:
Lil Nas X wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last. pic.twitter.com/sBPvXkH48j— 👑 Black Professor 👑 (@WonderKing82) September 3, 2021
Men who’ve never showed up for a parent/teacher meeting, sports match, helped with homework or paid child support only seem to remember they have kids when Lil Nas X releases music. pic.twitter.com/eTy6as7FQi— Sisa (@TheTitanBaddie) September 3, 2021