Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" made him a superstar, but it wasn't overnight. He worked the record for a while, and now it's become one of the biggest songs in Billboard history, in its 11th straight week of Billboard Hot 100 dominance. He's gained a lot of new fans and, if his new song "Panini" is to be believed, he's lost a lot as well. "Panini" asks an important question: For older fans who have forsaken him, what exactly do they want from him?
"Panini" isn't a country record — not even close. It's more contemporary hip-hop, with some R&B flavoring courtesy of some milky melodies, and it also interpolates the chorus melody from Nirvana's "In Bloom." Its title, meanwhile, references Panini, an obsessive feline friend from the Cartoon Network animated series Chowder that ran from 2007 to 2010.
The song looks at older fans who were initially happy about his success but who have grown resentful. He asks playfully, and slightly seriously, what more do they want from him? It's clear that he doesn't necessarily care though, because at the end of the day, it's all about progression, which brings new fans. "I need a big Benz, not another fan / But I still want you as a fan," he sings.
"Panini" will appear on Lil Nas X's forthcoming EP 7, out on Friday (June 21). It'll be one of eight songs, in case you were only expecting seven. It'll also feature a song produced by Travis Barker and should have animated videos for each song.
Watch the creepy CGI animation for "Panini" up above.