Album Review: “7 EP” by Lil Nas X
Ever since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” became a viral sensation — helping the Atlanta, Georgia rapper rack up over 38 million streams on popular music streaming platform Spotify — fans have been anxiously awaiting the star to release more music. Lil Nas X has certainly fed into the hype, teasing 10-second clips of new music on videos posted to his Twitter.
On June 21, Lil Nas X finally dropped his highly anticipated EP, 7 EP, to almost immediate acclaim. 7 EP proves to anyone who assumed that Lil Nas X was simply a one-hit wonder that he’s here to not only stay, but dominate the music industry.
Before 7 EP officially dropped, Lil Nas X dropped “Panini,” a song that he has been flaunting to fans shortly after his “Old Town Road” fame. Even at just 1 minute and 54 seconds, the song shows off his ability to create catchy hooks and beats that keep fans wanting more.
His mood in this track is far more somber and reflective than in his first release, trading in the cocky “Can’t nobody tell me nothin’” for “Just say want you want from me.” Humorously, the word “panini” is rhymed with “meanie,” which has been subject to a host of Twitter memes and jokes, especially from the rapper himself. He tweeted that he wanted celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey featured on the song’s remix, with Gordon Ramsey himself quoting the tweet with “Tell me more..” much to the delight of Lil Nas X’s fanbase.
After “Panini,” Lil Nas X follows with “F9mily (You & Me),” showing off the genre-bending tendencies that made him famous in the first place. The track sounds like something off of a rock album rather than a rap EP. He sings about “fixing his family” over a guitar and drum infused beat that makes it apparent that Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker produced the track. This song serves as a reminder that Lil Nas X doesn’t like to stay inside the box, but rather incorporate a variety of different genres and sounds in his work.
The cut that has everyone talking is “Rodeo” which features other rap heavyweight Cardi B. Lil Nas X returns back to his country-rap roots in this track, and his signature cocky attitude. “Rodeo” opens with a guitar riff that sounds like something out of the latest western movie. Over a pounding bass beat, Lil Nas X raps, “If I gave you everything and everything is what I bought /
I can take it all back, I never cared ’bout what you thought.” Cardi B follows in the song’s finale, mirroring Lil Nas X’s cocky attitude with the already iconic “Gunshot! Gunshot!”
With only 6 new songs, it’ll be easy for you to listen to the rest of the tracks and decide about the EP for yourself. One thing’s for certain, though — this isn’t the last time you’ll hear of Lil Nas X. 7 EP has all the elements of a contender for the rap album of the summer.