Lil Nas X Puts a Queer Spin on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”


Rolling Stone 21 September, 2021 - 01:17pm 24 views

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Lil Nas X says Lizzo collab is “definitely going to happen” 21 September, 2021 - 10:26pm

Lil Nas X has confirmed he’s been talking to Lizzo about a possible collaboration, saying: “I feel that is definitely going to happen.”

As part of his appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge today (September 21), Nas X answered a series of quickfire questions.

After their “crazy night out” together at a strip club following wins at the 2020 Grammys, Lil Nas X has confirmed that he’s been talking to Lizzo about a possible collaboration. “I was actually talking to Lizzo a few weeks ago [about this]. I feel that it’s definitely going to happen.

“It’s going to be a banger bop, everyone’s going to love it and [Radio 1 is] going to play it 3 billion times,” he added.

He’s also repeated his ultimate dream collab, saying: “I’m feeling Rihanna right now. Rhianna, get in this damn studio.”

It comes after Nas X said he wanted ​​Rihanna and Bad Bunny on a remix of ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ 

As part of his appearance on the Live Lounge, Nas X also performed three tracks from his recently released debut album including ‘Dead Right Now’ and ‘That’s What I Want’ before taking on the Dolly Parton classic ‘Jolene’.

Both Lil Nas X and Dolly Parton were recently featured on Time magazine’s list of 100 influential people for 2021.

Lil Nas X was lauded by Kid Cudi, who wrote: “What he’s doing is what we need right now. To have a gay man in hip-hop doing his thing, crushing records—that is huge for us and for Black excellence. The way he’s unafraid to make people uncomfortable is so rock’n’roll. He’s a true rock star.”

In a review of his debut album, NME wrote: “Lil Nas X has sometimes being accused of gimmickry and style-over-substance – ‘Montero’, meanwhile, sees him opening up on a more personal level, and asserting himself as an artist with serious creative pull.”

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Lil Nas X - Dead Right Now in the Live Lounge

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Lil Nas X's 'Jolene' Cover Is Wrapped In Flowers And Butterflies 21 September, 2021 - 10:26pm

As the story goes, Dolly Parton wrote "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" both on the same day. That's the kind of music trivia that makes the rounds on Twitter every few months 1) because it's fascinating, and 2) because the song itself contains multitudes and sounds like it must've been labored over for longer than an afternoon. But nearly 50 years after first being recorded, it remains singular, even as it's likely one of the most-covered popular songs by contemporary artists.

Much like "Jolene," Lil Nas X is also everywhere. It makes sense that he'd cover the song, as he did for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, because both entities are extremely strong cultural forces at the moment. When they come together, it sounds pretty good!

As he sings delicately and carefully in a deep baritone infused with a subtle twang, Lil Nas X stands at a florally arranged mic stand gripping a sparkling mic and looking directly in the camera. It's a comparatively low-key affair compared to his usual choreo-heavy, visionary performances (see both the 2021 and 2019 VMAs, plus his music videos). But it's one more facet of the artist's personality and seems quite intentional — "Look, I can do gentle ballads, too."

There's a lot of subtext here as well. In addition to being an American standard, "Jolene" is a country song. In 2019, Lil Nas X rose to prominence thanks to his own country song, "Old Town Road," which quickly caused a torrent of controversy that LNX persevered through to become a cultural icon. One of the best "Jolene" covers, also, is by Parton's goddaughter Miley Cyrus — who, naturally, appears on Montero, the great debut album from Lil Nas X that dropped last week.

Apart from all that, it's just a nice song, and LNX sounds good covering it. Check out Lil Nas X's brief yet moody "Jolene" cover above.

Lil Nas X Covers Dolly Parton's Hit Song “Jolene" - 21 September, 2021 - 10:26pm

Lil Nas X has recently been making headlines surrounding the release of his debut album Montero. Now, he has covered Dolly Parton’s infamous “Jolene” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Georgia-based rapper’s rendition of the iconic track is much more toned down than the original but is still fantastically executed. Lil Nas X’s soothing vocals help create a comfortable ambience. He performed the song at Live Lounge with flowers and butterflies wrapped around his mic stand.

Lil Nas X released his brand new album Montero on September 17 through Columbia Records. He elaborated on his excitement for the release on Twitter back in August by stating, “Creating this album has been therapy for me. I’ve learned to let go of trying to control people’s perception of who I am, what I can do, and where I will be. I’ve realized the only opinion of me that really matters is my own.”

Montero was first announced back at the end of June, which was only a few months after he shared his single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” At the end of July, Lil Nas X shared his track “Industry Baby,” which featured Jack Harlow. The song was also produced by Kanye West.

Aside from his recent music endeavors, Lil Nas X was involved in a lawsuit earlier this year after he collaborated with MSCHF to create the controversial “Satan Shoes.” The limited-edition 666 shoes included a single drop of human blood in each pair. The shoes were made using Nike Air Max 97s despite Nike having no affiliation with them. The drop sold out in less than a minute with the shoes priced at $1,018 a pair.

Aaron Rodgers has message for critics after bounce-back win

PEOPLE 21 September, 2021 - 09:08am

The Green Bay Packers were pathetic in their loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, but they proved they are still a contender with their dominant win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night. The performance must have felt particularly good for Aaron Rodgers, and he did not exactly take the high road when addressing his critics.

With Rodgers having missed a significant portion of the offseason, there was a lot of talk after Week 1 about him not being committed to winning anymore. He responded to that following Green Bay’s 35-17 win.

“I think we maybe tried to show that we cared a little bit more tonight … I just think people like to say a lot of bulls–t, and it’s nice to come back in here after a game like that,” Rodgers said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Rodgers was an extremely efficient 22/27 with 255 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against Detroit. He was just 15/28 with 133 yards, no touchdowns and two picks in the 38-3 loss to New Orleans last week.

The Packers trailed 17-14 earlier in the third quarter, which led to some premature rumblings about them beginning the season 0-2. Rodgers then threw a beautiful touchdown pass and celebrated accordingly (video here). Green Bay never looked back after that.

This may wind up being Rodgers’ last year in Green Bay, but it would be an exaggeration to say he doesn’t care about winning. The 38-year-old clearly wants to add a second championship to his resume.

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