Well, it looks like Nasvember is officially here.
After teasing that November was set to be the biggest month of his life, Lil Nas X has released the first track of his newest era. And while we always expected the "Holiday" titled tune to be a bop, we had no clue that it would bring what it did.
"Hey it's a holiday," the performer sings to kick off the track, which he had previously teased during a football game, of all places. "I got hoes on hoes and they out of control."
The music video, which was directed by Nas X himself alongside Gibson Hazard, includes various versions of the performer. He is both seemingly toys being made (and going AWOL) in a toy factor, a futuristic Santa, and maybe even a worker or two. It's all set in 2220. And while it's a pretty fantastic video, it's the lyrics that are getting some of Nas X's fans going.
"Aye, can I pop shit?" Nas X asks rhetorically in the track. "I might bottom on the low, but I top shit. Switch the genre on you hoes do a rock hit. I got the biggest damn song, fuck the charts sis."
Yeah, pop ya shit Nas X!
The star notably came out when his historic hit "Old Town Road" was still on the rise back in 2019. As time has gone by he's become increasingly open with his queerness. This summer he even openly embraced his status as a Nicki Minaj superfan, something he said he had previously denied as a result of its connection to his sexuality. Not sure how much more open you can get than revealing your sexual position!
It should be noted here that the clean version has a different line here.
"Aye, can I pop this?" Nas X says. "You tried to put me in a bubble but I popped it." I'm not quite sure bottoms are the ones "popping bubbles" but you know, let's go with it.
That said, "Holiday" is an amazingly solid track. It's no "Old Town Road" but that was a once in a lifetime type of success. "Holiday" has the potential to do just fine and bodes well as a preview to Nas X's debut album.
The genius in "Holiday" is that it also addresses the outsized success of "Old Town Road," and the expectation it has set.
"They wanna know if I be lasting," he raps later. "Even if I started flopping it'd be fashion." In the second verse, he references "Old Town Road," calling it a gimmick. That said he went further saying that no one opened doors for him (in a sense refuting ongline unsubstantiated claims that he's an industry plant) but he kicked them down instead.
"Ayy, and I'm sexy," he raps. "They wanna sex me. Pop star, but the rappers still respect me."
And we'd have it no other way.