Montero Lamar Hill (b. April 9, 1999), better known by his stage name Lil Nas X, is a hip-hop artist from Atlanta. In 2018, he dropped out of college during his freshman year to pursue music full-time. Regarding this, he said:
Everybody thought I was crazy, I knew what I was doing. Thank you everyone, this just the mf beginning!
On July 24, 2018, he released his debut mixtape titled NASARATI.
On December 2, 2018, he released the hit “Old Town Road” which blew up through TikTok memes. It finally entered the Billboard Hot 100 in early March 2019. Old Town Road reached #1 on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music as well as becoming the first song to simultaneously chart on the Billboard country and hip-hop/R&B charts before it was disqualified from the country charts. This caused lots of controversies. The track was eventually remixed featuring country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
It was originally Lil Nas just to be ironic ‘cause every new rapper’s name has 'lil.’ Kinda got stuck with ‘lil’ after building a small fanbase.
Added the ‘X’ later on standing for the amount of years until I feel like I will be considered a legend.
On May 13, 2019, Billboard confirmed Lil Nas X signed with CAA for worldwide representation.
On June 21, 2019, Lil Nas released his debut EP, 7.
In January 2021, his hit song Old Town Road set a record as the highest certified song ever by the RIAA with 14-times platinum status in the United States, meaning it accumulated 14 million in equivalent song units.
On January 5th, 2021, Lil Nas X released a childrens ABC picture book named C is For Country.