Lil Nas X is known for getting the crowd going at his concerts with his energetic performances to hit songs like “Industry Baby” and “That’s What I Want”, but the artist of “Montero” says this is what before the shows that help him the most happens.
“One of my pre-show rituals is going out and pretending everyone is a robot or as a figment of my imagination to calm all my nerves,” Lil Nas X, 23, told “Good Morning America” in an interview. for his Long Live Montero show on Wednesday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “And another one is like you’re doing some pushups, so like my muscles are sticking out before I go out and play like really loud music.”
The singer and rapper, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, rose to fame in 2019 with his country rap single “Old Town Road.” The song went viral and was certified for diamonds that same year.
Since then, Lil Nas X’s career has skyrocketed with the release of his 2021 album “Montero” and his bold fashion statements, as featured at the Met Gala earlier this year.
Before Long Live Montero, his debut headlining tour, he told “GMA” that he worked with Coach on some of the outfits in the show, describing the looks as “very fun” and “very theatrical”.
Another big part of his pre-show ritual is the snacks – especially M&Ms. He recently teamed up with the iconic candy for a limited-edition M&M’s Pack, inspired by Lil Nas X himself. The idea behind it was to bring people together through ‘colorful fun and music’. Proceeds from the purchase of the pink, purple, and blue candies, featuring Lil Nas X’s face, will go to Sing For Hope, a non-profit organization.
“We pretty much bring people together through the power of music,” he said. “I grew up eating M&Ms and I think it’s super dope that we can participate in this.”
Lil Nas X is no stranger to using his platform to spread positivity and kindness. After coming out as gay in 2019, he is an open book about his struggles and insecurities with his identity as a black gay man.
Last year, after meeting homophobic and sexist critics on Twitter for his BET Awards performance of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” where he kissed a male singer on stage, the pop star shut down negative comments about his sexuality. . tweet“I love who I am and whatever I decide to do.”
Recently the rapper responded to anti-LGBTQ protesters outside his Boston concert by sending them pizza.
“My message to anyone who may be struggling with hate in the world is that you need to navigate through it in the best possible way,” he said. “Don’t let it affect you.”
Lil Nas X has also amassed another type of fanbase: gamers.
On Thursday, he dropped a new song, “Star Walkin’,” a collaboration with Riot Games and League of Legends. It is also the new anthem for the 2022 League of Legends World Championship, an annual tournament that brings together more than 800 players in more than 100 professional “League of Legends” esports teams.
“I don’t know why gamers are drawn to Lil Nas X, but I think that’s really sick,” he said.