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    Lil Nas X Explained The Origin Of His Birth And Stage Names

    “It’s slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed.”

    As you may or may not know, Lil Nas X's real name is Montero Lamar Hill.

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    Well, during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he explained the meaning of the name Montero.

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    “It’s slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed,” he began. “My mom wanted the car, the [Mitsubishi] Montero, and she never got one."

    Lil Nas X explains his real name to Jimmy Fallon
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    "So yeah, I’m named after a car.”

    Lil Nas X at the BET Awards
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    For context, here is the Mitsubishi Montero:

    The Mitsubishi Montero parked with the Gold Gate Bridge in the background
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    Looks like a sturdy SUV, sure.

    A series of Monteros
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    As for why he didn't use Montero for his stage name, he said, "Nas was my internet alias, and then when I started doing music, I was like, 'I want to have fun with this.' And every new rapper's name is Lil, Lil, Lil. 'What if I was Lil Nas?' That’d be funny.’ So I was like, ‘Alright, bet. I’ll be Lil Nas.’ And I added the X later on.”

    Lil Nas X as a guest on the Tonight Show
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    Well, I'm sure that the car isn't the only Montero people want to ride.

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