Lil Nas X Shared A Powerful Letter To His 20-Year-Old Self, Alluding To His "Old Town Road" Days

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Ahead of the release of his new single, "Industry Baby," Lil Nas X shared a letter to his 20-year-old self on Twitter.

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This isn't the first time Lil Nas X has shared such a letter — before he released "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," he wrote a powerful message to his 14-year-old self about coming out.

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This time, the letter is to his 20-year-old self — aka when his first single, "Old Town Road," was breaking records left, right, and center.

This was also before Lil Nas X had publicly come out as gay.

This was also before Lil Nas X had publicly come out as gay.

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"I wrote a song for us. I know sometimes you feel like it's all downhill from here. I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers," he began.

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"I know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you — and I know if you hear the phrase 'one hit wonder' one more time you might combust."

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"But I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up. I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And I need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU," he concluded.

Lil Nas X and his background dancers dancing nude in a clip from his 'Industry Baby' music video
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This frame of mind likely influenced the lyrics to "Industry Baby" — which shout out Lil Nas X's Grammys and number one hits.

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You can watch the music video for "Industry Baby" here.

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