Ride on . . .
Lil Nas X proves he is no one-hit wonder and drops a banging EP
He said he was gonna ride until he can’t no more, and Lil Nas X keeps galloping on. The rapper has followed his unlikely global smash hit, Old Town Road, with the release of an eight-track EP, titled 7.
Six of the tracks are new, while two are our new, old fave – Old Town Road and a remix of the country-rap mash-up, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Despite expectations, the EP is not loaded with new country fusions. Instead, Lil Nas X goes out of his way to avoid that.
Over the course of about 15 minutes and six tracks, he dabbles with other styles instead: hardcore hip-hop, pop, jazz and rock.
“He made it clear he didn’t want to be the ‘Old Town Road’ guy that only does country music,” producer David Biral told Rolling Stone magazine.
On Kick It, the rapper seemingly anticipates the thoughts of his detractors who have said he’s a one-hit wonder, with the lyrics, “You ain’t got no talent . . . you’ll fall off, I’ll give it, oh, two months.”
Similarly, when writing Bring U Down, he told producer Ryan Tedder, “there are a lot of people throwing a lot of hate at me and think[ing] I’m a one-hit wonder, and that’s what I’m going to write about”.
The best of the new tracks are the Nirvana-inspired Panini, and Rodeo, a country-trap fusion which features Cardi B. Both tracks were produced by the New York DJ/producer duo Take a Daytrip aka Denzel Baptiste and David Biral. The EP is not perfect, and it’s unreasonable to expect it to be.
After all, Lil’ Nas X is a newcomer with a massive hit, which would be hard for anyone to follow, but his willingness to embrace and experiment with sound and themes makes him a hard act to follow.