Lil Nas X has posted a teaser for his new song and clapped back at a Twitter troll who called him a “one hit wonder.”
The “Old Town Road” Grammy-winner shared a snippet of an upbeat tune on social media with the caption “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME,” possibly the title of the song and also a reference to the book and 2017 film of the same name, which told a gay love story.
The track includes the lyrics “Call me when you want, call me when you need, call me in the morning, I’ll be on the way.” It’s expected to be on his first full-length album, which his Twitter bio says is “92% done.” He’s tweeted that he’s working on a mixtape as well.
His 2020 activity follows a heady 2019, which saw his country-rap tune “Old Town Road” stay at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a record 19 weeks and win multiple major music awards. It also saw the artist come out as gay, and he has said that he’s happy to be a representative of the LGBTQ+ community, although he once planned to “die with the secret” of his sexuality, he told The Guardian in an interview earlier this year. But his success and fame have made it easier for him to be out than it would be for other young people, who may lack parental support and risk being kicked out of their homes, he said.
The artist, who was recently invited to join the Recording Academy, which bestows the Grammys, is making clear that his career won’t depend on just one song. He posted a spirited comeback Friday to the Twitter user who characterized him as a “one hit wonder.”
It was announced this week that Lil Nas X will be a special guest at the virtual GLAAD Awards, which honors positive LGBTQ+ media representation. The event will be held digitally instead of in person this year due to the continuing health crisis. It is set for July 30.