Song of the Day #4,778: ‘Industry Baby’ – Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow

When Lil Nas X set a record by placing 2018’s ‘Old Town Road’ atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks, many people (myself included) figured he was the very definition of a one-hit wonder.

A few years later, I’m happy to have been proven so wrong, as he has churned out one hit banger after another, all in advance of a debut album that doesn’t even have a release date yet.

That he has done it while proudly embracing his sexuality makes his unlikely success all the sweeter.

Lil Nas X’s latest hit, ‘Industry Baby,’ is aimed at the haters who doubted his talent as well as those who accused him of being an “industry plant” designed to gin up controversy, publicity and sales.

The truth is more revolutionary. Nas X is a young, gay, Black man whose music has found success in rap, pop and country circles, making him a threat to the old world order and an emblem of a generation averse to labels.

I look forward to following his already impressive career.

[Intro: Lil Nas X]
(D-D-Daytrip took it to ten, hey)
Baby back, ayy, couple racks, ayy
Couple Grammys on him, couple plaques, ayy
That’s a fact, ayy, throw it back, ayy
Throw it back, ayy

[Pre-Chorus: Lil Nas X]
And this one is for the champions
I ain’t lost since I began, yeah
Funny how you said it was the end, yeah
Then I went did it again, yeah

[Chorus: Lil Nas X]
I told you long ago on the road
I got what they waiting for
I don’t run from nothing, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em I ain’t layin’ low
You was never really rooting for me anyway
When I’m back up at the top, I wanna hear you say
He don’t run from nothin’, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em that the break is over

[Verse 1: Lil Nas X]
Uh, need to, uh
Need to get this album done
Need a couple number onеs
Need a plaque on every song
Need mе like one with Nicki now
Tell a rap nigga I don’t see ya, hah
I’m a pop nigga like Bieber, hah
I don’t fuck bitches, I’m queer, hah
But these niggas bitches like Madea, yeah, yeah, yeah, ayy (Yeah)
Oh, let’s do it
I ain’t fall off, I just ain’t release my new shit
I blew up, now everybody tryna sue me
You call me Nas, but the hood call me Doobie, yeah

[Pre-Chorus: Lil Nas X]
And this one is for the champions
I ain’t lost since I began, yeah
Funny how you said it was the end, yeah
Then I went did it again, yeah

[Chorus: Lil Nas X]
I told you long ago on the road
I got what they waiting for (I got what they’re waiting for)
I don’t run from nothing, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em I ain’t layin’ low (Bitch, I ain’t runnin’ from nowhere)
You was never really rooting for me anyway (Ooh, ooh)
When I’m back up at the top, I wanna hear you say (Ooh, ooh)
He don’t run from nothin’, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em that the break is over (Yeah)

[Verse 2: Jack Harlow]
My track record so clean, they couldn’t wait to just bash me
I must be gettin’ too flashy, y’all shouldn’t have let the world gas me (Woo)
It’s too late ’cause I’m here to stay and these girls know that I’m nasty (Mmm)
I sent her back to her boyfriend with my handprint on her ass cheek
City talkin’, we takin’ notes
Tell ’em all to keep makin’ posts
Wish he could, but he can’t get close
OG so proud of me that he chokin’ up while he makin’ toasts
I’m the type that you can’t control, said I would, then I made it so
I don’t clear up rumors (Ayy), where’s y’all sense of humor? (Ayy)
I’m done makin’ jokes ’cause they got old like baby boomers
Turned my haters to consumers, I make vets feel like they juniors (Juniors)
Say your time is comin’ soon, but just like Oklahoma (Mmm)
Mine is comin’ sooner (Mmm), I’m just a late bloomer (Mmm)
I didn’t peak in high school, I’m still out here gettin’ cuter (Woo)
All these social networks and computers
Got these pussies walkin’ ’round like they ain’t losers

[Chorus: Lil Nas X]
I told you long ago on the road
I got what they waiting for (I got what they waiting for)
I don’t run from nothing, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em I ain’t layin’ low (Bitch, I ain’t runnin’ from nowhere)
You was never really rooting for me anyway
When I’m back up at the top, I wanna hear you say
He don’t run from nothin’, dog
Get your soldiers, tell ’em that the break is over

[Outro: Lil Nas X]
Yeah
I’m the industry baby, mmm
I’m the industry baby
Yeah

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,778: ‘Industry Baby’ – Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Our kids, particularly Daniel, put Lil Nas X on our radar and we’re quite confident that he was far more than a one hit wonder. I’m glad to see his continued success.

  2. Peg says:

    Also he is a frequent crossword clue 😊

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I’ve been hyped for this song for a long time. Part of Lil Nas X’s brilliant marketing strategy is that he teases songs for so long that you think the drops never going to come, but then when it finally does it’s that much sweeter. The Marvel themed “Montero” album ad featuring the start of this song was a particular favorite but all the memes that followed were equally effective!

    When he dropped that Jack Harlow was gonna be featured my excitement near tripled. Needless, to say my expectations were met and exceeded. Lil Nas X does his thing has he always done and I can genuinely say I love his tone and style of singing. This song is different in production than “Call me by your Name” and this more anthemic style suits him well. Harlow kills his verse as he always does. I’m sure I’m like every other white male teen in America in being drawn to him, but I can’t help it. Harlow exudes swag in my opinion whether it’s in his style, his flow, or just his general demeanor. This collab is very welcome and I’m excited to see how both these artists continue to thrive in their music paths!

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