Montero Lamar Hill — better known by his stage name Lil Nas X — is on the cusp of releasing his debut album, the aptly titled MONTERO. Although it’s arriving two weeks after Drake’s long-awaited Certified Lover Boy album hits digital streaming services, the “Old Town Road” breakout star is still having fun at the 6 God’s expense.
After spoofing Drake’s album cover using 12 pregnant men emojis, Lil Nas X has taken it to a whole other level with a pregnancy photo shoot. And yes, he’s the expectant father.
On Thursday (September 2), the 22-year-old Grammy Award winner shared a series of photos to his Instagram account that included a very pregnant belly and a sheer white ensemble — complete with a flower headpiece.
“SURPRISE!” he wrote in the caption. “I can’t believe I’m finally announcing this. My little bundle of joy ‘MONTERO’ is due September 17, 2021.”
Lil Nas X unveiled the tracklist for the 15-track project on Wednesday (September 1), which includes Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Sir Elton John and Miley Cyrus. But the announcement didn’t come without a little controversy.
Shortly after he shared the YouTube video that revealed the guest features, Twitter started criticizing Lil Nas X for not including any Black male artists. But Kid Cudi quickly hopped in the conversation to remedy the situation, tweeting, “N-gga ill work w u and frolic in rose gardens w u singin about my pain,” a reference to the utopian cover art for MONTERO.
Lil Nas X replied, “u heard it here first everybody kid cudi x lil nas for montero deluxe.” They then asked MONTERO producer Take A Day Trip to “set it up.”
As noted above, MONTERO is expected to arrive on September 17, while CLB is dropping on Friday (September 3).