When Lil Nas X made his return to social media in March after a months-long hiatus, he instantly made headlines by announcing two singles he’d been working on in his absence.
Of these tracks, “Down Souf Hoes” with Saucy Santana and “Late To Da Party” with NBA YoungBoy swarmed social feeds with various snippets posted by Nas X. A few months later, the Grammy-award winning singer-rapper has now delivered the latter track to his fans. On Friday (June 24), he dropped “Late To Da Party” — an anthem dedicated to his newfound hatred for BET Network.
After weeks without updating fans on either track, Nas X rebuilt the original momentum he established for “Late To Da Party” after the nominees for the BET Awards (June 26) was announced. For the second year in a row, Lil Nas X did not land a single nomination, which led to him including the “F**k BET” signaling in the new track and intentionally, poorly edited visuals, which see him and YB humorously pulling up to the BET Awards.
Further elaborating on this, Lil Nas X’s recent Twitter rant on June 7 saw him unleash multiple tweets about how resistance towards homosexuality still exists in the black community — and that his 2021 smash hits like “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow could have easily been candidates for a BET award, along with the debut album these songs landed on.
After this rant, BET issued a statement explaining the decision to leave Nas X out of the nomination list for their award show. This statement asserted that they have given Nas X his due appreciation before, and that this time around, the “BET Voting Academy” — which outsources music, culture and entertainment experts — did not consider him a finalist for any of its honors.
Fully committed to his anti-BET agenda, “Late To Da Party” surprisingly shows a great deal of chemistry between the Nas X and YoungBoy, with each dipping into their deep melodic bags. This single, along with “Down Souf Hoes” and a few other snippets, could all presumably land on his forthcoming album.
Even though Nas X was surely bothered by this lack of recognition from the network that claims to uplift those in the black community, this debacle definitely got fans more excited to hear the full version of “Late To Da Party,” which is now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Check out “Late To Da Party” below!