Lil Nas X Faked Out Fans With a Court-Themed Tease of “Industry Baby”

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Lil Nas X is once again proving he's the king of the internet with his latest video, which serves as both a nod to his legal battle with Nike and a teaser for his forthcoming single, "Industry Baby."

The video, which Lil Nas posted to Twitter, opens with him in costume as an older judge FaceTiming with a woman from his all-powerful desk. Lil Nas also plays himself (in an orange prison jumpsuit) and his bumbling, mulleted lawyer who can't get the name "Lil Nas X" right. He also plays the prosecutor, who holds the infamous Satan shoes before asking Lil Nas, "Are you gay?" "What does this have to do with shoes?" Nas replies. "Let me rephrase the question," Nas-as-prosecutor says. "Do your mama know you're gay?" The jury looks shocked and bewildered as he takes a moment to think before answering, "Yes." Everyone gasps. (Blink and you'll miss it, but Lil Nas X also plays a member of the jury who says, "Lock him up and throw away the key!")

"Lil Nas X, I sentence you to five years in Montero State Prison," says the judge, rapping his gavel. This is, of course, a reference to Nas's upcoming album, Montero and his first name. As the judge sentences our favorite star to his time, "Industry Baby" starts to play and we hear LNX rapping amidst triumphant horns. The song, which features Jack Harlow and is produced by Kanye West and Take a Daytrip, drops on July 23. We already know it's going to be just as popular as its predecessors, "Old Town Road" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

This isn't the first time Lil Nas X has used a video to make a big announcement about his music career. He went full Marvel to announce that Montero the album is coming soon, sharing an origin story-style video with some of his most iconic imagery, including the cowboy look from "Old Town Road" to the stripper pole from the "Montero" video.

According to Nas, the album will be confessional and vulnerable and show listeners a new side of their fave. “With this album I've really stepped into my vulnerability, or like these things that I was insecure about people knowing about, or finding out about me,” he told Teen Vogue recently. “But with this, I felt very much comfortable, and I feel it’s time to do this in my career, it's time to take that vision, where I’m able to show people another side to myself and what I deliver, you know?” Judging from the Montero promo thus far, we're in for a feast for the ears and the eyes.

Watch the "Industry Baby" teaser video below.

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