Lil Nas X Gets Real, Raw & Reflective in HBO Documentary “Long Live Montero”

Lil Nas X Documentary HBO

HBO is set to premiere the original documentary “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” on January 27, chronicling 60 days behind-the-scenes of the genre-bending artist’s first world tour. Directed by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel, the intimate verité-style film delves beneath the surface of Lil Nas X’s meteoric rise to superstardom.

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Captured during his sold-out 2022-2023 “Long Live Montero Tour,” the documentary mirrors the thematic structure of the concert divided into three acts – Rebirth, Transformation, and Becoming. It explores Lil Nas X’s pressures navigating fame, his desire to inspire fans while accepting detractors, and cements his place as an iconic Black queer artist.

He recently release a single J Christ which received backlash from his fans. He even enrolled himself into biblical study just to prove his point that he is not anti-christ.

What’s in the Lil Nas X Documentary?

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Lil Nas X shares his personal journey in a documentary. He talks about the challenge of being true to himself in front of his family, especially wearing clothes like a skirt that they might not expect. He admits he can’t be completely open with family, leading to anxiety. Nas X wants to change how his family sees things and feels something great is about to happen. He’s aware some see him negatively because of his music and views, and he reflects on how his sexuality was a major unspoken issue in his past.

He’s determined to teach his nephews to be accepting, acknowledging the progress and struggles of the queer community. Nas X shares his internal struggle, feeling like any mistake means he should give up entirely, but he urges others not to be homophobic. He mentions releasing “Old Town Road” and plans to check back with his family in a year to see how things have evolved. He’s still working on self-acceptance but feels he’s making progress. Coming out was a big step for him, and he trusts his instincts.

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The documentary captures Lil Nas X at a pivotal point of self-discovery – as both the dazzling performer entertaining arena crowds and the sensitive 23-year old Montero Lamar Hill from Atlanta. Vulnerable off-stage yet spectacular under the lights, “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero” showcases who he truly is behind the curtain.

It tackles complicated relationships, racial and queer identity, mental health, and his aspirations to push limits and reshape music’s boundaries. While Lil Nas X built his viral persona on humor and controversy, this film marks earnest terrain where he processes struggles many of his generation face. After initially feeling hesitation about such candor, Lil Nas X said post-TIFF premiere, “I’m happy I did it.”

The documentary will be available on HBO Max upon its January 27 televised debut on HBO at 8PM ET.

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