Lil Nas X, the transgressive emancipation of a new pop star – rts.ch
The 22-year-old singer-rapper has just released his debut album, “Montero”. There he reaffirms his homosexuality and slams racism with sulphurous texts and clips that shock Puritan America, but make him a new star as unconventional as he is marketed in pop.
At the last MTV Video Music Awards ceremony in mid-September, Lil Nas X won the most important prize of the evening, that of the video of the year, for “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”, after a sensual performance. Less than a week before the release of his eponymous debut album announced on Instagram with self-portraits in which he represented himself pregnant, the 22-year-old American singer made a new impression.
“Thanks to the gay agenda!”, He declared then, after having already packed the networks by disserting online with an American governor who had rebelled against the lascivious clip in which the artist makes a lap dance on the devil’s knees.
Montero Lamar Hill for civil status, born in Atlanta and inhabited to dynamite the Puritanism of the United States, is now one of the superstars of urban music. After being revealed by his hit “Old Town Road”, a staggering marriage of hip-hop, country, rock and pop in a Far West decor as romantic as it is in the grip of segregation between Blacks and Whites, which has since become little the best-selling title in the history of music in part thanks to the sounding board of the social network TikTok, the singer-rapper never ceases to assert his insolent talent.
>> To see, the clip of “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”:
Knowing the peaks while triggering controversy, Lil Nas X manages to sit through “Montero” a queer manifesto that would almost make you forget the cowboy outfit that the young African-American gay musician wore in the clip of his global success introductory. A provocation for the white and ultra-conservative country milieu who participated in the lightning enthronement of a Lil Nas X who has since come out.
However, no artistic scandal is to be found in his fifteen new sensitive pieces where also appear distinguished guests like Elton John or Miley Cyrus. The very pop repertoire of “Montero” has nothing to envy that of his elders Drake and Kanye West unveiled two weeks earlier. Except that Lil Nas X affirms his inclination to be much more a singer (sublime “Tales of Dominica” or “Sun Goes Down”) than a rapper, without abuse of autotune.
Sexuality and assumed kitsch
Mixing the aesthetics of folk to trap, assuming both his sexuality and his kitschy impulses, it is now above all in his visuals that he is provocative and sulphurous. Like those accompanying “Montero”, where a prison dominated by the color pink becomes for example the temple of debauchery with dancing inmates in Adam’s outfit (“Industry Baby”) and a male American football locker room ( with players in pink jerseys obviously) becomes the scene of very torrid frolics (“Thats What I Want”).
>> To see, the clip of “Thats What I Want:
So many excessive or outrageous eroticizations, it is depending on, that Lil Nas X cherishes more than ever, despite the homophobic and racist insults of which he is continually a victim. A pride that he goes so far as to claim to be a “power bottom”, that is to say the concept designating in gay sexuality the fact of taking power while being penetrated … Acts as rebellious as transgressive which allowed him to to be propelled new idol of the young LGBT + community. Lil Nas X in any case embodies artistic emancipation and the most anti-conformist customs that a certain science of marketing has been able to transform into gold.
Olivier Horner with afp