In an Instagram post, Nas remembered feeling sorry for himself and creatively stifled until he started working with "Montero" co-writers and producers Take a Daytrip, Omer Fedi and Roy Lenzo in 2020. The 21-year-old artist also recalled crying every 10 minutes in the studio back in June, when he decided to film a short video congratulating the future Lil Nas X for "[pushing] through," which he posted on Monday to ring in the good news.
"Last year i was sitting in my apartment thinking it was all over for me. i was trying so hard to be perfect, to please everyone, and not make any enemies. that stifled me creatively. i felt so sorry for myself. but around this time in 2020 i pulled it together, me, daytrip, omer, & roy, worked for months on end," Lil Nas X wrote. "One day in june i was working on a song and found myself leaving the studio every 10 minutes to cry. but i didn’t stop working, a melody came to my mind. 'call me when u want na-na-na-na na, and i knew it was something special about it, fast forward a year later it’s the biggest song in the world. thank you guys so much. we get to decide OUR own destiny, never let the world decide it for YOU! i love you!"
"Montero" drew 46.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 1 and attracted 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending April 4, according to MRC Data. The song also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart and No. 2 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.
Fellow rapper 24kGoldn commented he was "prada u bro" underneath his IG post; Fedi co-wrote and produced "Mood" for 24kGoldn, which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
See Lil Nas X's tweets below.