Lil Nas X joins forces with Baton Rouge rapper and global superstar YoungBoy Never Broke Again for an unlikely collaboration. Aptly titled “Late To The Party,” the Take a Daytrip-produced track sees Lil Nas sending shots at BET Awards, who the musician feels snubbed him earlier this year.
In the song’s intro, Nas can be heard chanting “f**k BET” before Daytrip’s producer tag interjects. On June 1st, the award show revealed their nominations for the year’s show, notably missing Lil Nas X, after releasing his debut album, MONTERO, in 2021 with features from Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion, and Doja Cat among others. This prompted him to express his concerns via Twitter, saying, “this not over no bet award this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community.” Although BET responded to the claims, dismissing any allegations of homophobia, there hasn’t been much conversation between the two parties since then.
In Lil Nas’ opening verse, he raps, “Look at how I top s**t, b**ch / I just put like three up in the top ten.” The lines serve as a clear reference to his debut album’s standout cuts “INDUSTRY BABY,” “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” and “THATS WHAT I WANT,” which all entered the top ten slots of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart upon release. Meanwhile, YoungBoy raps about firearms and women, setting the tone for the track with lines like, “Don’t wan’ be late for the party (Mmm, ah, ah, ah) / You know I turn up, they can’t never turn me down.”
The collaboration is slated to drop later this month the pre-save link being shared by Lil Nas on June 18th. In the meantime, listen to the snippet of “Late To The Party” below.