Is Pop Star Lil Nas X Related to Rapper Nas?

Allison DeGrushe - Author

Sep. 30 2021, Published 1:49 p.m. ET

Lil Nas X and Nas at the 62nd Grammy Awards
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A rising star in the music industry, rapper Lil Nas X shot to fame as a meme-maker turned mainstream artist. With his versatile nature and willingness to take risks, the singer is transforming the future of music.

The 22-year-old entered the spotlight in 2019 with the hit "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which earned the rapper two Grammy Awards.

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After delivering the highly anticipated "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," Lil Nas X reached new levels of popularity. In September 2021, Lil Nas X released his debut album "Montero," which includes hits such as "Industry Baby" (with Jack Harlow), "Sun Goes Down," and "That's What I Want." The album will definitely be a top contender at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Lil Nas X at the 2020 Grammys
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Speaking of the Grammys, Lil Nas X put on quite a show at the 2020 ceremony, bringing in many guests for his performance. For the last portion of his medley, American rapper Nas joined Lil Nas X on stage for the young star's song, "Rodeo."

Since their performance and given the similarity in their names, people have wondered: Are Lil Nas X and Nas related? Here's what we know.

Is Lil Nas X related to Nas?

No, Lil Nas X is not related to Nas. In fact, the two do not share any common background whatsoever. The fact that the two share a similar name doesn't mean they are blood-related. But is the star's stage name inspired by best-selling rapper Nas?

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Is Lil Nas X's stage name inspired by Nas?

While many fans might assume that Lil Nas X's stage name is inspired by the influential rapper Nas, Lil Nas X set the record straight when he virtually appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In the interview, Lil Nas X explained that the name Nas came from his "internet alias," which he added to in order to come up with his stage name, per People.

"When I started doing music, I was like, 'I want to have fun with this,'" he said. "And every new rapper's name is Lil, Lil, Lil. 'What if I was Lil Nas? That'd be funny.' So I was like, 'All right, bet. I'll be Lil Nas.' And I added the X later on."

Lil Nas X and Nas on stage at the 2020 Grammys
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Did Lil Nas X and Nas release a song together?

Lil Nas X and Nas may not be related, but they did release a song together. A remix of Lil Nas X's "Rodeo," featuring Nas, arrived on streaming platforms on Jan. 27, 2020. The day before the song dropped, Nas joined Lil Nas X on stage at the 62nd Grammy Awards, announcing the collaboration.

Watch the entire performance below, which features BTS, Billy-Ray Cyrus, Mason Ramsey, Diplo, and of course, Nas.

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