Lil Nas X “BABY OF THE INDUSTRY” | New song and video
Yes Lil Nas X did not do more than enough to solidify his position as the king of provocative and expertly choreographed music videos, his latest release “BABY INDUSTRY” with Jack harlow certainly will.
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The clip opens with a scene from Lil Nas X be sentenced to prison during a trial. The scene is an allusion to a previous one Youtube promotion in which the artist satirized his lawsuit for copyright infringement with Nike.
The video for “INDUSTRY BABY” is chaotic, NSFW, and a compelling viewing experience. The visual begins as Lil Nas X trains in a jail cell. After spending a while polishing his two Grammy and adjusting its frame platinum certifications, the stage changes to a group dance in the prison showers.
Subsequently, he and Harlow get out of prison together with hammer smuggled into meditation book. During the chaos that ensues, we see another group dancing in the prison yard, Harlow getting settled in an electric chair and a scene of the couple making donuts with a police car.
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Like all Lil Nas X songs to date, “INDUSTRY BABY” is intense enough to be played in a club but anthemic enough to tap into a deeper meaning. Before releasing the song, the artist posted a letter to himself from 20 years old via Twitter.
“Dear 20 year old Montero,” the letter begins, “I wrote a song for us. I know sometimes you feel like it’s all downhill from here. I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast among your peers. I know going from the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing on you. and I know if you hear the phrase “one hit wonder” once more, you might burn.
“But I need you to continue,” the artist continues. “I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person you needed as you grew up. I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. and I need you to remember that the only person who needs to believe in YOU is YOU.
“BABY INDUSTRY” 🏆
TOMORROW EVENING! pic.twitter.com/WhGh3Sk72C
– no 👶🏾 (@LilNasX) July 22, 2021
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Before the release of “MONTERO (Call me by your name), “the artist wrote a similar note to himself at 14 about coming out. There, the artist spoke about his coming out process. He also said there was a need to open doors for people in a similar situation.
Further establishing her values, the artist also shared her intention to use the video as a fundraiser for a topical and important issue—The deposit project. Working with organizations across the United States, the organization is seeking to eliminate the cash bond, which disproportionately affects people of color and further fuels the epidemic of mass incarceration.
Lil Nas X says that while music is her favorite channel of release, true freedom requires systemic change.
“Music is the way I fight for liberation,” read her fundraising statement. “But true freedom requires a change in the way the criminal justice system works, starting with a cash bond. I know the pain incarceration brings to a family, and I know the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on black Americans. There are so many stories that call us to act, and I invite you to join me on this important issue of civil rights.
Lil Nas X uses his prison-themed “Industry Baby” video as a fundraiser for the Bail Project, a non-profit organization that fights mass incarceration. pic.twitter.com/krdczzr2Tf
– Rap alert (@ rapalert4) July 23, 2021
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