During the last week, Lil Nas X has claimed on Twitter and TikTok that he may truly go to jail due to a Nike-led lawsuit over his limited-edition Devil footwear. You bear in mind these, proper? They’re the the demonic spoofed Air Maxes—, 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 courtroom date. However after all, as Lil Nas X (enjoying a coiffed-up prosecutor in a fictionalized Supreme Courtroom trial) says to Lil Nas X (enjoying himself as a defendant) in a corresponding promo clip the musician posted this week, “Girls and gents of the jury, that is about far more than footwear.”
Is not it at all times?
In truth, Nike and MSCHF settled the swimsuit months in the past, so: no, Lil Nas X will not truly be going to courtroom. The one trial taking place is the aforementioned fictional one, which can also be, in commonplace Lil Nas observe, promotional: tomorrow, on July 23, the musician (and maybe one of the deft self-promoters Gen Z has ever recognized) is dropping a brand new single titled “Trade Child,” which he has already anointed as “MY NEW SMASH HIT” through 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 Street” was nonetheless driving out its historic Billboard reign, Lil Nas has maintained a biting humorousness about his sexuality, interspersed with a number of deeply tender moments of introspection and vulnerability. Within the lead-up to his March 2021 single “MONTERO (Name Me By Your Identify)”—his second number-one Billboard hit since “Previous City Street”—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 it will open doorways for a lot of different queer individuals to easily exist.” In comparable trend, 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’re feeling like an outcast amongst your friends. I do know going from having the largest music on the earth to being trapped in your residence is weighing heavy on you. And I do know in case you hear the phrase ‘one hit surprise’ another time, you may combust.”
He continued: “I want you to appreciate that you’ve 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 keep in mind that the one one who has to consider in YOU is YOU.” Like he mentioned: it is about far more than the footwear.