AceShowbiz - Instead of country, Lil Nas X is now sort of blending hip-hop with rock. Ahead of the release of his first EP "7", the rising rapper has given fans the first taste of the upcoming effort by releasing a new song entitled "Panini". And no, it's not about sandwich.
Produced by Take a Daytrip and Dot da Genius, the song finds Nas reflecting on the effects of his newfound fame and comparing his old fanbase to Panini, a character from popular animated series "Chowder". He spits on the track, which melody interpolates with Nirvana's "In Bloom", "Ayy, Panini, don't you be a meanie/ Thought you wanted me to go up/ Why you tryna keep me teeny now?/ Now they need me, number one on streaming."
Explaning about what the song is really about in a Genius suggestion, Nas said, "Panini was possesive over Chowder on the song. She's a representation of fans of who love you when you're small. Once you get the spotlight they aren't feeling you as much. The song is not a diss but anger towards that fan but also wanting them back."
"Panini" is one of the songs that will be included on "7", following his mega hit "Old Town Road". The song credits several producers, including Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain. Nas talked about it during an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, "One of the craziest things about 'Panini', is it introduced me to Nirvana's album 'Nevermind'. It's like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, 'Wow, he sampled Nirvana.' I was like, no, it's like, I didn't realize I was using almost the exact same melody."
During the interview, he also expressed his wish to get Drake on a remix of "Panini" after failing to ask him to do an "Old Town Road" remix with him. "This man's a goat. He's the biggest inspiration musically for everybody," he gushed over the "God's Plan" hitmaker.
"7" is expected to be released on Friday, June 21.