Lil Nas X is showing FKA Twigs love after both the singer and Thomas Huang, the director of FKA’s music video for his song, “Cellophane,” noted the similarities between his video and Lil Nas X’s viral video for his song, “Montero (Call Yo por tu nombre)”. Lil Nas X took to Instagram on Tuesday to share that FKA had called him to inform him of the similarities between the two videos.
“I want to show love to @fkatwigs AND @andrewthomashuang ! the visual ‘cellophane’ is a masterpiece. “I didn’t know that visuals would serve as a huge inspiration for those who worked on my video effects,” shared Lil Nas X. “I want to thank twigs for calling me and informing me about the similarities between two videos, as I didn’t know they were so close. I was just excited for the video to come out. I understand how hard you worked to bring this picture to life. You deserve so much more love and praise. 🏹🤍. “
Huang tweeted that it was “amazing” to see that the “Cellophane” choreographer also worked on “Montero” and praised Lil Nas X for paying tribute to his work, but urged major record labels to uphold the director’s creative integrity for the improvement of art and artist.
The 21-year-old rapper took to social media over the weekend to react to the backlash he received for his “Montero” music video.
The video, which was co-directed by Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino, is filled with ancient Greek and Biblical references. At one point, the artist slides down a pole into hell to seduce the devil, giving Satan an erotic dance.
While fans didn’t tire of the song and video, some called it immoral and inappropriate for children. It was then that Lil Nas X defended himself, noting that his music was never intended for children.
“I showed my 3 month old niece the call me by your name video,” he tweeted sarcastically. “And she said, ‘Man, that was pretty visual, why the hell would any individual rage over such a sensational masterpiece.’ I’m going to cry everyone … “
“There was no system involved. I made the decision to create the music video,” he wrote in response to a user who claimed that Lil Nas X was corrupted by “the system” after serving a fan base of children. “I am an adult. I am not going to spend my entire career trying to care for your children. That is your job.”