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Lil Nas X’s ‘Where Do We Go Now’: Look + Listen

The film Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero follows Lil Nas X as he prepares to launch his first, ever, North American, headlining tour.

Premiering at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival, in addition to the tour footage, the documentary includes interviews with the the superstar rapper (born Montero Lamar Hill) in which he discusses his career and his sexuality. And similar to his stage show, the film is divided into three parts: Rebirth, Transformation, and Becoming.

Earlier this month, Lil Nas X released his new single, “J. Christ,” supported by a controversial music video that included him being strapped to a cross. Following significant backlash, the musician addressed the provocation in a video message to fans, saying “This is not to try to get everybody on my good side or whatnot. This is more so to clear my head about my own decisions. I know I messed up really bad this time,” he said in the clip. “And I can act unbothered all I want but it’s definitely taking a mental toll on me.”

In an attempt to “explain where my head is at” but not necessarily apologize for “J Christ,” (though he later said sorry for some aspects of his promotional tactics for the single,) he said that he knew his single artwork would lead to some upset because “religion is a sensitive topic,” but that he never intended to offend with it.

“J. Christ” marks the beginning of a new full length cycle for Lil Nas X, who released his hit debut LP, Montero, (2022) that also leaned heavily into religious imagery, though with a lot more devil worship that proved controversial.

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Author: Saul Goode

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