Lil Nas X is celebrating the success of his latest song, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” and proving his haters wrong.
The Atlanta rapper — whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill — is featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s Pride issue and in the accompanying interview published Tuesday, he said that finding success amid criticism is one of his “driving forces.”
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“Montero” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month. The music video — in which Lil Nas X gives the devil a lap dance — prompted homophobic remarks, and the release of limited edition “Satan Shoes” he promoted drew criticism from South Dakota’s Republican governor, Kristi Noem, and other conservatives.
“I’m thankful,” the 22-year-old told EW, referencing “Montero” charting at No. 1. “But it also feels good to prove people wrong. It’s one of my driving forces.”