The artist that many believed would be a one-hit wonder, Lil Nas X, is here to prove all of those people wrong. The Atlanta artist is back with his first major label project and his first project since the success of “Old Town Road.” Titled 7, the EP features both the original version and the remix of “Old Town Road,” as well as five previously unreleased tracks. Aside from Billy Ray Cyrus being featured on the remix for “Old Town Road,” Cardi B is the only listed collaborator on the project, on the song “Rodeo,” but Travis Barker does provide vocals and drums for the song “F9mily (You & Me).”
Twelve hours before the release of the full 7 EP, the highly anticipated “Panini” was released for the world to hold fans over for the full project. While the song was teased many by the artist previously and there couldn’t have been more hype amongst his fan base, both the fans and the haters couldn’t have been more pleased, as the song immediately climbed the charts of all streaming services. Even being teased, to the surprise of many, the “Old Town Road” follow-up featured a Kurt Cobain writing credit, as the chorus interpolates Nirvana’s chorus from the Nevermind cut, “In Bloom.”
Producers that are featured on the EP are YoungKio, who produced the viral track “Old Town Road,” as well as the remix, the production duo Take A Daytrip handled the Carbi B collaboration “Rodeo” as well as the single “Panini.” Aside from playing the drums and providing vocals on “F9mily (You & Me),” Travis Barker also has a production credit on the song. The fourth song “Kick It” features production from Lil Nas X himself, as well as Bizness Boi, Alone In A Boy Band, Fwdslxsh, and Thomas Cullison. “Bring U Down” features production from Ryan Tedder and Zack Skelton and “C7osure (You Like)” is produced by the dynamic duo Boi-1da and Allen Ritter.
Lil Nas X is continuing to prove that a genre cannot define him, as country and hip-hop elements are throughout the entire project. The tracks “Bring U Down” and “F9mily (You & Me)” are more rock, while “Kick It” and “Panini” are more hip-hop. Taking influence from anyone to Travis Scott (who Lil Nas X is trying to get on the remix to “Rodeo”) to Kurt Cobain to Drake, there is no telling what a debut album could look like. We are sure to see something unexpected when we do receive a new project.
Stream the new project from Lil Nas X, 7, available on all platforms now, and let us know what your favorite song is in the comments!
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