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"Industry Baby" - Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow (and some other pop music news)

I know I didn't post anything about "Call Me By Your Name" by Lil Nas X when it came out earlier this year; by the time I got a chance to write about it there wasn't much more to be said. Lil Nas X is awesome - it's great to see an unapologetically queer rapper, for starters, and it's also awesome he continues to defy expectations, esp. considering a lot of folks likely considered him a one hit wonder following the mega success of "Old Town Road." 

Speaking of "Call Me By Your Name," I couldn't help but feel like the beat reminded me of "More Than a Woman" by Aaliyah and lo and behold someone did a mash-up for me:


Last week the video for Lil Nas X's new song "Industry Baby" dropped, and it's a pretty campy, over the top, and quintessentially homoerotic affair. Honestly this is shaping up to be another YEAR for Lil Nas X and I am very much here for it. Plus, have to be honest, the song is what I believe the kids call a banger. Listen below (if you haven't yet):


The video is also references The Bail Project, a nonprofit Lil Nas X is fundraising for on his YouTube. As the name alludes to, the nonprofit raises bail funds and helps families and other loved ones reunite with those behind bars. Their About Us states, "The Bail Project combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time. We restore the presumption of innocence, reunite families, and challenge a system that criminalizes race and poverty."

The song and video also feature rapper Jack Harlow, who does a fantastic job on his bit. I had really only a faint idea of who Jack Harlow was before this song, and now I know who he is. I had previously grouped him into the same category my brain files Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi in - both talented folks, but not really anyone I'm interested in seeking out. Apologies to Jack, he's great. (I still am actively not listening to Ed or Lewis, tho.) 

Lil Nas X's full-length debut album - "Montero" (named after his first name) - is set to come out later this year. 

In other pop music news, Lorde released a new single - "Stoned at the Nail Salon," which doesn't sound like a day in my life at all. It also sounds a lot like Lana's "Wild at Heart." I'm a fan of Lorde, but I'm not digging her new sound. "Solar Power" is fine enough, but it doesn't exactly sound very inspired IMO. No word on when Lana's new album "Blue Banisters" will be out (except it will be out at some point before the Earth is eaten up by the sun), but I remain glad she chose to change her album cover.

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