MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Song by Lil Nas X
Produced by David Biral, Denzel Baptiste, Roy Lenzo, Omer Fedi & Take a Daytrip
Released: 26 March 2021
On “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X wants to stop pretending with his significant other and act on a first-name basis. The song’s title references Lil Nas X’s real name, Montero Lamar Hill.
The track first surfaced as a snippet on Twitter on July 9th, 2020. In November of the same year, Nas X stated that “Call Me By Your Name” would be the next song he releases, announced via Instagram Live.
On February 2nd, 2021, a Super Bowl ad for Logitech starring Nas X was released, using the song. It was revealed in the ad’s description that the song was called “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” Minutes after its release, Nas X tweeted out the following letter to his 14-year old self:
Dear 14-year-old montero,
I wrote a song with our name in it. it’s about a guy I met last summer. I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised never to be “that” type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist. you see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. but the truth is, I am. the agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be. sending you love from the future.