Lil Nas X has recently revealed that he will be hitting the big screen in a new documentary entitled Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero. Directed by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel, the motion picture will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The documentary showcases previously unseen footage from Lil Nas X’s first world tour. The documentary has been described as an “emotional odyssey, ” showing behind-the-scenes footage and exploring how the hip-hop artist reconciles his profession as a rapper whilst being a proud homosexual.
It has been reported that the documentary contextualises Lil Nas X and explores the history of Ball Culture and the legacy of Black, queer performers. The musician (real name Montero Hill) shot to fame following the release of his country-rap single ‘Old Town Road’ in 2018 and was immediately criticised by both communities.
The CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival (Cameron Bailey) recently released a synopsis concerning the documentary, reading, “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero is a triumphant ode to the extraordinary power of self-expression, music, and identity.”
He continued, “In this groundbreaking documentary, we witness Lil Nas X challenging boundaries and reshaping the artistic landscape. The film’s captivating journey underscores the profound impact of Lil Nas X, who fearlessly brings audiences together through the universal language of music. We are thrilled to host Lil Nas X at TIFF this year.”
Lil Nas X is still a polarising figure within hip-hop due to his overtly sexual performances and use of satanic imagery in some of his visuals. Irrespective of this, the artist has a strong cult following and has sold-out several shows.
The openly gay lyricist has always been a sexually provocative figure and has been highly unapologetic concerning his raunchy music videos and persona. The upcoming documentary is set to address all of this.