He took a day trip to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on Tuesday (Sept. 21) to perform songs from his new debut album Montero, which was released on Friday (Sept. 17) via Columbia Records, as well as a cover of Parton’s 1973 Hot Country Songs No. 1 hit “Jolene.” The sincere growl in LNX’s voice, which reverberated from the bejeweled microphone and its flower-covered stand, stayed true to the country legend’s original recording and matched the texture of the more serious back-half of his latest LP, as he pleaded to the camera, “I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.”
“This song is kind of like beautifully sad, you know? I like the little twang, like the country twang in it. So I was like, ‘Lemme try this out,'” he explained on the radio show. As someone whose country-trap sensation “Old Town Road” remains the longest running Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song, he definitely hasn’t lost his touch when it comes to singing with a little twang in his voice.
The 22-year-old rapper also performed the Hot 100 chart-topper “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” as well as “Dead Right Now” and “That’s What I Want” from Montero.
Watch LNX take over the Live Lounge below.