Ride on . . .

Lil Nas X proves he is no one-hit won­der and drops a bang­ing EP

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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.

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