Lil Nas X provided perhaps the biggest surprise of this year’s Grammys when he unexpectedly brought out Nas to perform “Rodeo” with him. It was the first time Lil Nas X and the legendary rapper he named himself after collaborated, and Lil Nas X quickly made the joint effort official by sharing the studio version of the remixed track.
Now, he has dropped a new video for the remix. It begins with a nod to the Saw franchise, and from there, a demonic and supernatural Lil Nas X roams town. Nas also pops up as The Matrix‘s Morpheus, offering Lil Nas X a red or blue pill.
Over the past couple days, Lil Nas started teasing a video for the track by sharing a photo of himself as a demonic-looking creature. A fan pointed out that he resembled a character from the Disney Channel Original Movie Don’t Look Under The Bed, and Lil Nas X confirmed that that was the inspiration behind his look. He later shared a series of images that appear to be sources of inspiration for the video, and the gallery included screenshots from The Matrix and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
this is the inspiration
— nope (@LilNasX) February 5, 2020
The video arrives months after Lil Nas X explained that his stage name is not meant to be disrespectful towards Nas, tweeting, “nas is a legend and i never meant any disrespect by my stage name. i actually might change it in the future.”
Watch Lil Nas X’s “Rodeo” video above.