All eyes are on Lil Nas X — how will he follow-up a breakout single that’s spent 11 weeks at the top of the charts and easily the most viral song of the year thus far? Today, the 20-year-old hitmaker answers that question with his first new song since “Old Town Road” blew up, “Panini”.
While it’d be easy to crack under the pressure of breaking out with such a massive hit single, Lil Nas quickly dispels that notion as soon as the beat drops on this track. He reaffirms his knack for insanely catchy melodic rap and genre fluidity, taking the song down a grungy path for the hook that feels reminiscent of something off an old Cudi or Travis reference. It’s not coincidental that the production on “Panini” might remind some listeners of those artists either, with veteran producer Dot Da Genius teaming up with Take A Daytrip on the beat.
Lil Nas X’s debut EP ‘7’ is set to drop this Friday, and with “Old Town Road”, “Panini”, and some promising snippets floating around social media, it seems like the young Atlanta star might be poised to take over summer ’19.
Stream “Panini” below and let us know what you think in the comments!