Lil Nas X has released his first new single since 2022. “J Christ” appeared on streaming platforms at midnight, with a lavish new video also popping up on YouTube.
Lil Nas X has been teasing the new release heavily on his social media over the last two weeks. He’s made much of the fact that he’s entering his “Christian era.” However, any suspicions he was about to turn gospel on us were quickly laid to rest by “J Christ,” which picks up very much where the Montero album left off.
In fact, the visual finds Lil Nas X returning to some of the themes from his headline-grabbing “Call Me By Your Name” video. This time the Biblical inspiration is turned up to the max.
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The video features celebrity lookalikes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Oprah and Barack Obama entering the kingdom of heaven; Lil Nas X battling the devil at basketball; a cameo from a Michael Jackson lookalike; Nas being crucified; and then navigating the ark over stormy seas.
He has once again turned to choreographer Sean Bankhead for the dance segments, which include him and a group of male cheerleaders.
In short, it’s guaranteed to upset all the usual right-wingers and evangelicals.
What it does not include is Kesha. A few days ago, Lil Nas X said that his song would include a collaboration with an artist he has admired for years. An accompanying photo was identified as Kesha.
She later tweeted, “IM. NOT. ON. This one…”
IM. NOT. ON.— kesha (@KeshaRose) January 6, 2024
this one….. https://t.co/PpB8fLBa6R
Catch the creative Genius that is @lilnasx new music video “J Christ” it’s a visual masterpiece!!!! Out now EVERYWHERE ‼️— Ts Madison (@TsMadisonatl1) January 12, 2024
This is a BANGER
Ps I told yall im in everything and everywhere!!!
Thank you to my baby @lilnasx and Colombia records for taking good care of me ❤️… pic.twitter.com/OKiBZdn2Is
Lil Nas X has already faced backlash for posting images from the video in recent days, and the cover artwork for the song. It shows him crucified on a cross, similar to depictions of Jesus Christ.
The rapper dismissed the accusations of blasphemy with a tweet earlier in the week. He told people to stop “trying to gatekeep” Christianity.
“The crazy thing is nowhere in the picture is a mockery of Jesus. Jesus’s image is used throughout history in people’s art all over the world. I’m not making fun of sh*t. yall just gotta stop trying to gatekeep a religion that was here before any of us were even born. stfu.”
the crazy thing is nowhere in the picture is a mockery of jesus. Jesus’s image is used throughout history in people’s art all over the world. I’m not making fun of shit. yall just gotta stop trying to gatekeep a religion that was here before any of us were even born. stfu— ✟ (@LilNasX) January 8, 2024
Here are more of those celebrity lookalikes giving their opinion on Lil Nas X.
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