During the last week, Lil Nas X has claimed on Twitter and TikTok that he may really go to jail due to a Nike-led lawsuit over his limited-edition Satan shoes. You keep in mind these, proper? They’re the the demonic spoofed Air Maxes—you understand, those with a literal drop of literal human blood within the soles—that he launched with the model MSCHF this previous spring. He is been tossing out the hashtags #FREELILNASX and #NikevLilNasX in anticipation of an ill-omened court docket date. However in fact, as Lil Nas X (taking part in a coiffed-up prosecutor in a fictionalized Supreme Court docket trial) says to Lil Nas X (taking part in himself as a defendant) in a corresponding promo clip the musician posted this week, “Girls and gents of the jury, that is about way more than footwear.”
Is not it at all times?
The truth is, Nike and MSCHF settled the suit months in the past, so: no, Lil Nas X will not really be going to court docket. The one trial occurring is the aforementioned fictional one, which can be, in normal Lil Nas follow, promotional: tomorrow, on July 23, the musician (and maybe one of the vital deft self-promoters Gen Z has ever recognized) is dropping a brand new single titled “Business Child,” which he has already anointed as “MY NEW SMASH HIT” by way of his Twitter bio. The complete-length music video for the observe, which is able to characteristic Jack Harlow and was co-produced by Take a Daytrip and a supposedly album-ready Kanye West, will apparently happen months after the occasions within the trolling promo clip. (A refresher: defendant Lil Nas, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, is sentenced to 5 years in “Montero State Jail” not due to the IP-biting footwear, however for being homosexual.)
Since popping out in June 2019, whereas “Previous City Highway” was nonetheless driving out its historic Billboard reign, Lil Nas has maintained a biting humorousness about his sexuality, interspersed with just a few deeply tender moments of introspection and vulnerability. Within the lead-up to his March 2021 single “MONTERO (Name Me By Your Title)”—his second number-one Billboard hit since “Previous City Highway”—he posted a Notes app letter addressed to his 14-year-old self, writing, “i do know we promised to by no means come out publicly, i do know we promised to by no means be ‘that’ sort of homosexual individual, i do know we promised to die with the key, however this can open doorways for a lot of different queer folks to easily exist.” In related vogue, yesterday Lil Nas tweeted one other be aware to his 20-year-old self (he’s at the moment 22), assuring him that “I do know your sexuality has made you are feeling like an outcast amongst your friends. I do know going from having the largest track on the earth to being trapped in your house is weighing heavy on you. And I do know when you hear the phrase ‘one hit marvel’ another time, you may combust.”
He continued: “I want you to understand that you’ve got the chance to be the individual that you wanted rising up. I want you to cease feeling sorry for your self. And I want you to do not forget that the one one that has to consider in YOU is YOU.” Like he stated: it is about way more than the footwear.