Lil Nas X Makes a Strong Return With “Panini”

This Atlanta star is no one-hit wonder.

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Lil Nas X drops his highly-anticipated new song “Panini,” the follow-up track to his massively huge hit record “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Rae Cyrus. The record, which is off his debut 7 EP, premiered on Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music today (June 20). “Panini,” which is produced by Take A Daytrip, references a character from the popular Cartoon Network TV Series, Chowder.

One interesting note that was pointed out by Pitchfork, was that Kurt Cobain is listed among the song’s credits. For the chorus, it was later revealed by Nas X in his interview with Zane Lowe that he accidentally interpolated Nirvana’s “In Bloom” when writing the record.

“Like a lot of songs will even come to me like I’m sleeping or something,” he explained on World Record on Beats 1. “Be Like a melody and I’m like, wow, that’s fly. But the craziest things about ‘Panini,’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album Nevermind. It’s like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, wow he sampled Nirvana. I was like, no. It’s like I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody. I’ve been listening to it a lot lately actually.”

He also gave insight on his upcoming EP and his upcoming shows:

Lil Nas X: The EP. This EP is going to get everybody ready for this album that’s coming later- it can be 20 songs a day, and then it’ll be like, “Oh, 35?” And then I’ll be like, “Oh, wait, oh, I like these ones. I like this one now. Oh, this is like 27 songs.” And it’s like, nah. But a lot of songs I go in with the intent of finishing, so if I feel like I might want to finish making a song while I’m listening to the beat I’m just like, “Cut the whole thing,” pretty much.

Lil Nas X: With this I want you to make sure you’re listening to every single thing. You can’t just listen and be on your phone the whole time because you might miss something.

But yeah. It’s going to be great. You’re going to love it and you’re going realize Lil Nas X isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’m going to still be doing little stuff, but the main tour is going to be around the beginning of next year. Like when the album’s out. It’s just whatever happens is going to happen, pretty much. I’m not putting a theme. I feel like that’s going to make me have a guideline of what I can talk about or do. You’re going to see. It’s all going to make sense.

Both “Panini” and “Old Town Road” will be on Lil Nas X debut 7 EP that drops via Columbia Records tomorrow (June 21). The EP features 6 brand new songs alongside the aforementioned singles.

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