Lil Nas X Dressed Up As The Basketball Guy From "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" For Halloween, And — Respectfully — Everyone Can Pack It Up And Go Home

    Early-aughts king!

    Lil Nas X is — it's been well established — a marketing savant and a true Gen Z celebrity, mostly because he grew up in stan culture and simply understands his fans.

    Lil Nas X on the red carpet

    Now, as he defends his cultural icon status this spooky season (not that there was any competition, tbh), he's donned a costume that many of his fans are sure to recognize.

    Lil Nas X at the Met Gala

    It is — I'm not kidding — the basketball guy (aka Seth Powers aka actor Alex Black) from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

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    Understanding the assignment? No, Lil Nas X created the assignment.

    Reader, when I tell you I gasped.

    Nas's Declassified School Survival Guide, with Lil Nas X standing in front of lockers and holding a basketball and wearing a blonde wig

    From the surfer-dude wig to the prop basketball, he absolutely killed the look. And check out the replacement of "Ned" to "Nas" in the journal guide title.

    Close-up of Lil Nas X as Seth

    I mean, he truly devoured this costume.

    Lil Nas X as Seth and smiling for a selfie with eyes closed

    I need a TikTok re-creation of this scene.

    Now we just need a Coconut Head and the main trio of Ned, Cookie, and Moze. Laters!