Montero (stylized in all uppercase "MONTERO") is the debut studio album by Lil Nas X, being his first full-length release. The album has 15 tracks and is 42 minutes in length. It was released on September 17, 2021, and the deluxe version is set to be released later in fall 2021 (Autumn).
On July 7, 2020, Lil Nas X revealed that his upcoming debut album is "almost finished". He also stated that he is working on a mixtape, and invited producers to submit their beats for his new music. On July 10, he teased the release of a new song titled "Call Me by Your Name", posting a snippet of it online.
In January 2021, he released a children's book, C is for Country. The following month, he again previewed the song, "MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)" in a Super Bowl LV commercial. The song was officially released on March 26, 2021. On the same day, Nas X revealed that his debut album would be named MONTERO, and that it would be released in the summer of 2021.
In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, the rapper explained more about the album, saying that it will be “about 15 to 18” tracks long and that a deluxe edition is set to follow the regular album in the autumn.
On April 24, the album was announced 97% finished, along with its release in the summer.
On June 28, a solo demo of "Industry Baby" leaked. This version is most likely the one that was initially teased by Nas on Twitter in October 2020.
On June 29, Nas posted a trailer for what is now confirmed as "MONTERO". The video features clips from previous songs in a marvel style opening. It then ends with the first 15~ seconds of an early version of "INDUSTRY BABY".
On July 19, Nas posted a video titled "Lil Nas X - INDUSTRY BABY (Prelude)" . The video is about a fictional court case about his "Satan Shoes", mocking the court case against MSCHF by Nike in April. At the end, INDUSTRY BABY (Ft. Jack Harlow) is announced, along with the release date of July 23rd. This marks the first collab Lil Nas X has done since Rodeo (Ft. Nas). The track is produced by Take A Daytrip and Kanye West. It's music video will be alongside the songs release.
On July 21, Nas confirmed in a now deleted quote tweet that "HOLIDAY" would not included on the album. Rumours suggest that Nas did this because of the songs poor performance on the charts.
On July 23, Nas released "INDUSTRY BABY (Feat. Jack Harlow) along side it's Music Video. The video takes place in the fictional "MONTERO STATE PRISON", where Nas escapes alongside Jack Harlow.
On July 27, a version of the album leaked on to the internet consisting of demo versions of songs some previously unheard or not fully released. Alongside this leak, melody runs and demos of "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)", and other songs leaked. This version of the album had 16 tracks on it.
On August 25, Apple Music officially put up a pre-save page for "MONTERO". The album is scheduled to release on the 17th of September, and has 15 tracks.
On August 26, Nas officially announced "MONTERO" with a video titled "LIL NAS X PRESENTS “MONTERO” THE ALBUM". The video is a parody news story and continues on from the "INDUSTRY BABY" video. At the end of the video, a new snippet of "THATS WHAT I WANT" plays. The official website "welcometomontero.com" was also revealed.
On August 27, Nas posted a video alongside the caption "MONTERO 🦋 9•17 💕". The video is of Nas inside a chrysalis, alongside a voice in the background saying "wake up montero, it's time". The video signifies Nas "blooming, spreading his wings". The video features a muffled snippet of the instrumental for "AM I DREAMING (feat. Miley Cyrus)".
On August 31, Nas unveiled the cover art for "MONTERO". it represents "the circle of life" and is inspired by "Genesis II" by John Stephens".
On September 1, Nas revealed the official track list for the album, alongside a video. The track list can be seen below.
There are 15 tracks on the standard edition of the album, with additional tracks set to be included on the upcoming deluxe edition. All songs are stylized in uppercase, excluding "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)", stylized as "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)".
|1.||"Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"||Lil Nas X, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo||Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo||2:18|
|2.||"Dead Right Now"||Lil Nas X, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Jasper Harris, Thomas Levesque||Take a Daytrip, Jasper Harris, Thomas Levesque||3:41|
|3.||"Industry Baby" (feat. Jack Harlow)||Lil Nas X, Mark Williams, Raul Cubina, Roy Lenzo, Kanye West, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Jack Harlow & Nick Lee.||Take a Daytrip, Kanye West, Nick Lee||3:32|
|4.||"Thats What I Want"||Lil Nas X, Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin, Ryan Tedder, Keengan Bach||Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin, Ryan Tedder, KBeaZy||2:23|
|5.||"The Art of Realization"||Lil Nas X, Roy Lenzo, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral||Take a Daytrip, Roy Lenzo||0:24|
|6.||"Scoop" (feat. Doja Cat)||Lil Nas X, Amala Dlamini, Roy Lenzo, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral||Take a Daytrip, Roy Lenzo, Omer Fedi||2:54|
|7.||"One of Me" (feat. Elton John)||Lil Nas X, Ilsey Juber, Jasper Sheff, John Cunningham, John||John Cunningham, Jasper Sheff, John||2:42|
|8||"Lost in the Citadel"||Lil Nas X, John Cunningham||John Cunningham||2:50|
|9||"Dolla Sign Slime" (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)||Lil Nas X, Megan Pete, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Nick Lee||Take a Daytrip, Nick Lee||2:25|
|10||"Tales of Dominica"||Lil Nas X, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo||Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi||2:26|
|11||"Sun Goes Down"||Lil Nas X, Roy Lenzo, David Biral, Denzel Baptiste, Omer Fedi, Michael Olmo, Keegan Bach, Blake Slatkin, Andrew Luce||Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi, Roy Lenzo||2:48|
|12||"Void"||Lil Nas X, John Cunningham, Carter Lang||John Cunningham, Carter Lang||4:08|
|13||"Don't Want It"||Lil Nas X, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Nicholas Mira, Dorien Theus||Take a Daytrip, Nick Mira, DT||2:12|
|14||"Life After Salem"||Lil Nas X, John Cunningham, Jasper Sheff, Carter Lang||John Cunningham, Jasper Sheff, Carter Lang||3:31|
|15||"Am I Dreaming" (feat. Miley Cyrus)||Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi, William Ward, Vincent Goodyer||Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi||3:03|
Possible deluxe tracks or outtakes
Songs on this list still have a possibility of appearing on the deluxe edition of the album and should therefore not be removed.
- Bold implies that a song has been fully leaked and/or released.
- Italic implies that the title has been confirmed and/or a snippet has been teased/leaked.
- Underlined implies that a title is not confirmed and therefore might not be final.
- Badum Badum (feat. Iggy Azalea)
- Curtain Call
- EMPATHY (feat. Sam Smith)
- Falling Down (feat. Starrah)
- F*ck Around (also known as "FCK Around")
- Guess U Get What U Want
- How You Know (feat. 24kGoldn)
- Ice Cold
- Melody (recording session)
- My Little Baby
- Ocean (also known as "Emotions")
- Red Light Green Light
- Russian Revolution
- Take Me On Tour
- Too Many
- Unknown Song #1 (recording session)
- Unknown Song #2
- Waitin' 4 U (also known as "Waiting For You")
- Welcome to MONTERO (interlude)
- YOU CAN AWAKE
|Artists||Lil Nas X • Jack Harlow • Doja Cat • Elton John • Megan Thee Stallion • Miley Cyrus|
|Tracks||Montero (Call Me By Your Name) • Dead Right Now • Industry Baby • That's What I Want • The Art of Realization • Scoop • One of Me • Lost in the Citadel • Dolla Sign Slime • Tales of Dominica • Sun Goes Down • Void • Don't Want It • Life After Salem • Am I Dreaming|