Now that June has arrived, Pride season has also landed here at Audacy. All month long we will be waving the flag for our friends, family members, and colleagues while celebrating the diversity, creativity, and ingenuity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
In partnership with Channel Q and Stella Rosa Wines, we’ll be hosting Celebrations in Pride and highlighting LGBTQ+ artists and allies every Thursday, with exclusive Pride party performances and interviews at Audacy.com/pride.
As Audacy’s Pride Icon of 2021, Lil Nas X is speaking about the success of his new music that has directly reflected on his queer identity.
LNX spoke with Audacy’s Julia, and shared some background on his latest singles, particularly on releasing his deeply personal track, “SUN GOES DOWN.” Additionally, the singer discusses the evolution of his career in the context of Pride.
After first sharing “Montero (Call My By Your Name)” on the internet, the rapper knew that the song would reach “massive” heights. But when releasing his song “SUN GOES DOWN” LNX says, “I was honestly just happy to release something so real and near and dear to my heart. …I’ve played so many caricatures and I’ve shown off so many other sides of myself that I feel like that was a side of myself that the world deserved to see too.”
The artist says that releasing the vulnerable record was not intimidating, but recording something so intimate in front of other people was a new step he had to take. LNX says, “I’m sometimes very afraid to show like an emotional side of myself to people that I’m around, but I’m happy about the response it’s received.”
Using his own experiences to craft lyrics and songs, the Georgia native tells us that he has encountered fans who have been “saved” by his candid nature.
“Even with ‘SUN GOES DOWN’ there are a lot of people that were going through a lot of stuff and I guess I wasn’t expecting that one so quickly, but a lot of people like were genuinely saying it helped them so much like even saved their lives, and that was kind of like crazy for me to hear,” explains LNX
From initially launching his career with “Old Town Road,” LNX reveals that he never expected this evolution as an artist, or to be where he is right now, “helping the people that I’m helping.”
Check out Lil Nas X’s full Audacy Pride 2021 Icon interview above.