Nothing is off limits for Lil Nas X, including his own ongoing lawsuit. The wonderfully irreverent rapper just promoted his upcoming single, “Industry Baby,” with a teaser spoofing his legal spat with Nike. Better yet, the teaser was released on July 19, the very day he was set to appear in court for a hearing.
The elaborate promo shows Lil Nas X as the defendant, prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, and juror in a Supreme Court trial. Though the Satan Shoes sneaker collaboration is meant to be the subject of the lawsuit, the teaser instead shows the prosecutor interrogating Lil Nas X about his sexuality. He’s ultimately sentenced to five years at Montero State Prison. (Montero, mind you, is Lil Nas X’s birth name and the title of his forthcoming debut album.)
Out on July 23, “Industry Baby” features Jack Harlow and was produced by Kanye West and Take a Daytrip. In addition to “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and “Sun Goes Down,” which were released in the spring, the single will be the third off Montero. The album’s release date has not yet been announced. Watch the incredibly meta “Industry Baby” teaser above.