Lil Nas X might just be the internets greatest troll after all. The “Old Town Road” hitmaker has been using a mix of good press, bad press and every kind of press in-between to insure his latest effort is as successful as his breakthrough record. “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” is currently number 1 in several countries thanks to its polarizing video and Nas brilliant social media antics. The record is rumored to be getting pulled from streaming tomorrow and fans are wondering if its just another ploy for streams or something more serious.
The song shares it name with the 2017 coming of age queer film “Call Me By Your Name”. The film was inspired by a 2007 book which also shares the same name. The “Montero” part is Nas real first name.
Lil Nas X has been mounting hype behind “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” since last June, when he posted a clip of himself jamming to it in the car. That tweet has remained pinned since then, with teasers for the song appearing in both his “Holiday” video and a commercial collaboration he did with Logitech.
In the time since its release, the song has upset many. Mostly because of its “satanic” theme’d video in which Lil Nas X pole dances to hell before sexually dancing on the devil and killing him. The roll out also included a custom Nike sneaker featuring human blood that the company immediately veto’d.
According to The Fashion Law, “Nike filed a trademark infringement and dilution, false designation of origin, and unfair competition lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York”
Well its unclear why, but it appears the song is now getting pulled down from all streaming platforms. Lil Nas X and his label Columbia Records took to twitter to tell fans today would be their last day to stream it. Nas asked fans to run up the steams in the songs final day and to send him screenshots of them listening to it to see if its still working.
not even joking. everybody stream call me by your name hard today because it may no longer be available tomorrow and there’s nothing i can really do about it. thanks for all the support tho! 🤍— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) April 13, 2021
everybody screen record the audio/video on youtube so you will have the song in your gallery worst case scenario https://t.co/pjGd1CP2tw— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) April 13, 2021
While some believed it was just a cheap way to get fans to stream and that the song would not be pulled down, several fans have posted error messages and videos of the song skipping when they attempt to play it.
Lil Nas X said he’d be releasing the song to Pornhub since it cannot be blocked there. There’s still no confirmation or reasoning for the song being pulled.
since call me by your name is no longer working on many streaming services i will be uploading the audio to pornhub at 3pm est— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) April 13, 2021
If Christians don’t like Satan, and they don’t like gay people, why are they mad about Lil Nas X? Why did they even watch it??— Quasimeat (@WavyD17) April 14, 2021
Damn they really banned Lil Nas X’s song. I thought liberals were the sensitive ones tho. Why’s the christian right appropriating cancel culture?— a figment of your imagination (@subjec2change) April 13, 2021
Y’all come on, Lil Nas X is trolling for streams. Christians didn’t magically get rid of it on every streaming platform 😂— Creamy Supreme™️ (@jpbracken) April 13, 2021
He’s finessing the public, that’s what he does. And good for him. We deserve to be taken down a peg.