Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” is a divisive new tune causing a stir in the music industry. Many Christians and conservatives were outraged when the song and its accompanying music video were released because of the graphic depiction of Hell and other religious themes in the video. Despite the negative reaction, the song has amassed over 700 million listens on Spotify and become a global phenomenon. It’s possible, however, that the debate will continue. The rapper has been talking about a court case he has coming up, which is said to be linked to the song, and he believes he might be spending time in jail depending on the decision.
Nike has initiated legal action against Lil Nax X’s Satan Shoes
To promote his latest track, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” rapper Lil Nas X has worked with footwear brand MSCHF to produce a limited run of “Devil Shoes.” These shoes were a take on the classic Nike sneaker, with a pentagram sewn onto the upper and rumoured blood in every pair. The shoes sold for $1,018 each, but Nike sued MSCHF for copyright violation when they were gone in minutes.
Nike said that MSCHF “altered these sneakers without Nike’s authority,” according to The Verge. Just a week after the first action was filed, the two firms settled out of court, with MSCHF issuing a voluntary recall on the shoes and agreeing to buy them back from people who bought them. Moreover, MSCHF would be the owner of the one pair originally set aside for a giveaway by Lil Nas X.
Why is Lil Nas X in court? Will he go to jail?
After the backlash to his limited-edition trainers, Lil Nas X claimed online that he would have to appear in court on July 19. Jokes aside, I can’t believe I could be going to prison, he wrote on the day of the purported court date. Who will make gay life seem amusing on Twitter while I’m gone? Thankfully, Lil Nas X will not have to appear in court or serve any prison time related to the sneaker dispute. The rapper released a video for his new Kanye West-produced tune “Industry Baby” around the time he said he’d be in court.
Another effort at trolling, the rapper’s suggestion that he would have to appear in court was just that. This isn’t the first time Lil Nas X has gone online to spread the word about his music. Once “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” was released, the rapper said he was taking the song down from streaming sites and replacing it with a music video on PornHub so that fans could still access the track. The fact that some people had trouble playing Montero (Call Me By Your Name) did not result in the song being deleted from streaming sites but instead increased interest in it.