Lil Nas X Contemplates The Price Of Fame On ‘Panini’ From His Upcoming Debut EP

Lil Nas X’s major label debut EP, 7, is scheduled for release later tonight and before the big reveal, he’s released a teaser in the form of “Panini,” the EP’s second track, which features an interpolation of Nirvana’s 1992 single “In Bloom.” The song finds Lil Nas X questioning a girlfriend who doesn’t seem comfortable with his new lifestyle, despite her initial support. The song also comes with a surreal, CGI visualizer featuring robotic versions of Lil Nas and Panini, playing out the song’s lyrics on a loop.

“Panini” marks the first single from Lil Nas X since his jokey, country-trap anthem “Old Town Road” took off earlier this year, and rather than riffing on the track that garnered him so much attention, takes a departure into synth-y, trap adjacent pop. The beat, produced by Take a Daytrip and Dot da Genius, is an odd hodgepodge of bouncy, robotic trap-funk and the aforementioned Nirvana sample. Lil Nas X alternates between a sing-song rhythmic delivery and outright crooning on the hook. It’s a short song, but it’s fun, interesting, and has a lot of replay value, showing what we can expect from the young rapper’s next career phase.

7 is out at midnight via Columbia Records.