Lil Nas X sure knows how to pull at our heartstrings!
Just ahead of the release of his latest single "Industry Baby" featuring fellow rapper Jack Harlow, the 22-year-old Grammy winner took to social media last night to post an emotional letter he wrote to his young, 20-year-old self, and his words of love and affirmation really hit home to anyone who has ever felt stuck in their lives.
"I wrote a song for us. I know sometimes you feel like it’s all downhill from here," he started his note, speaking to the past version of himself when "Old Town Road" became a record-smashing hit, but people were starting to question whether or not an out, openly gay rapper could make it in the mainstream music industry. "I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers. I know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you. And I know if you hear the phrase 'one hit wonder' one more time you might combust."
"But I need you to keep going. I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up. I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And I need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU."
This isn't the first time X has taken the time to write to his inner child.
Back in March, he wrote another heartwarming message, this time to his 14-year-old self, letting him know that coming out as your truest, most authentic self is a worthwhile experience.
"Dear 14-year-old Montero, I wrote a song with our name in it," the 21-year-old, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, started his when "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)" first came out and made all sorts of viral headlines (both good and bad). "It’s about a guy I met last summer. I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be 'that' type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist."
"You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I'm pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people's lives and stop dictating who they should be. Sending you love from the future."
We know young Montero would be so proud to see just how far he's come! And we're proud to see X's continued journey to worldwide music domination too!
"Industry Baby" is set to drop on Friday, July 23, with his debut studio album set for release sometime later this summer!