American rapper Montero Lamar Hill, known as Lil Nas X is revealing the origin of his name.
On January 8, the rapper visited “The Tonight Show”. He shared that his real name, Montero, was inspired by his mother’s favorite car, a Mitsubishi Montero. He decided not use his birth name as his stage name.
“It is slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed, my mom wanted the car, the Montero, and she never got one… So yeah, Iam named after a car. She was like, ‘I’ll settle for less.’” Nas told Jimmy Fallon.
“Nas was like my internet alias and then when I started doing music, I was like, ‘I want to have fun with this,’” he explained. “And every new rapper’s named Lil, Lil, Lil. ‘What if I was Lil Nas? Ha ha ha. That’d be funny.’ So I was like, ‘Alright, bet. I’ll be Lil Nas.’ And I added the X later on.”