LISTEN: Lil Nas X’s follow-up single to ‘Old Town Road’ interpolates a classic Nirvana track
It clocks in at under two minutes long, too!
Having topped the charts for what feels like two thousand and nineteen years (and counting), all eyes were on what 20-year-old Lil Nas X would do to follow up the impossible-to-follow-up hit ‘Old Town Road’, and on Thursday we got our answer.
‘Panini’ is his second single from 7, his upcoming EP, which is set to drop in full on Friday 21 June, with appearances from Ryan Tedder (of One Republic fame), Travis Barker (of Blink-182), and Cardi B.
The official credits for the new track features Kurt Cobain as a co-writer, as ‘Panini’ interpolates a sample from Nirvana’s 1992 hit ‘In Bloom’, the fourth and final official single released from their Nevermind album, but this was something that Lil Nas X wasn’t even immediately aware of.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 (via Pitchfork), he explained “One of the craziest things about ‘Panini,’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album Nevermind. It’s like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, ‘Wow, he sampled Nirvana’. I was like, no. It’s like, I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody.”
Check out the track in full right here: