ARTIST PROFILE

Lil Nas X

Name: Montero Lamar Hill

Birthday: April 9, 1999

Fav Dish: Chicken Panini

Montero Lamar Hill (born April 9, 1999), better known as Lil Nas X, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is known for his country rap breakout single “Old Town Road”, which achieved viral popularity as part of the “Yeehaw Challenge” on the video sharing app TikTok. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was controversially removed from the Hot Country Songs after debuting at number 19. At week thirteen at number one, “Old Town Road” became the longest-running hip-hop song on the chart. His debut EP, 7, was released on June 21, 2019.

Montero Lamar Hill was born April 9, 1999 In Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was six, and he settled in the Bankhead Courts housing project with his mother and grandmother. Three years later he moved in with his father north of the city in Austell, a suburb in Cobb County. Although initially reluctant to leave, he later regarded it as an important decision: “There’s so much shit going on in Atlanta—if I would have stayed there, I would have fallen in with the wrong crowd.” He began playing trumpet in the fourth grade and was first chair by his junior high years, but quit out of fear of looking uncool. Hill attended Lithia Springs High School and graduated in 2017. He studied for one year at the University of West Georgia before dropping out. During this time, he stayed with his sister and supported himself with jobs at Zaxby’s and Six Flags.

Hill has said he began to isolate himself from “outside-of-class activities” during his teenage years. He spent large amounts of time online in hopes of building a following as an internet personality to promote his work. Creatively, he was unsure what to focus on. He posted short-format comedy videos on Facebook and Vine, and also created a Nicki Minaj fan account on Twitter: “NasMaraj”, named after New York rapper Nas, and Minaj’s actual surname, Maraj. In 2015, he became known for his viral tweets and other fanpage, “FactsAboutNM”. In 2017, his NasMaraj account gained attention for its flash fiction-style interactive “scenario threads” popularized on Twitter using social media dashboard app TweetDeck. After media reports linked Hill to the account, he denied that he ran it.