Lil Nas X Surpasses DaBaby To Become Spotify's Most Listened To Rapper


Lil Nas X has a lot to celebrate these days. His upcoming album Montero is dropping soon, and the third single off the album, “Industry Baby” featuring Jack Harlow, is doing well on the charts. Fans appear to be really locked into Lil Nas X and vibing out to his eclectic sound.

Fans are tuned in so much that Lil Nas X has surpassed DaBaby on Spotify. According to a post shared by a Lil Nas X Stats Twitter account, the “Old Town Road” crooner has more monthly listeners than the Charlotte, North Carolina native. Lil Nas X currently has 52,318,623 monthly listeners, while DaBaby has 51,749,552. 

“Wow this is insane,” Lil Nas X wrote on Twitter. “This is the most i’ve ever had in my career. thank u to everybody listening.”

“Industry Baby” also exceeded 100 million Spotify streams on Tuesday (August 10). The song has caused quite a stir for the suggestive music video showing Lil Nas X in prison and doing a naked dance routine with inmates while their crotches are blurred out.

The jump in monthly Spotify listeners for Lil Nas X is ironic for DaBaby, who’s been dragged all over social media and lost several festival placements for his homophobic rant at Rolling Loud Miami last month. That monthly listener count for Lil Nas X may jump again when he releases his highly-anticipated album Montero

The 22-year-old recently announced he’ll be going back to his “cowboy era” once his “gay era” is done after Montero is complete. 

“After i drop the album i will be finish with my gay era and returning to my cowboy era,” he wrote.

Lil Nas X’s “cowboy era” birthed his 2019 smash hit “Old Town Road.” The Billy Ray Cyrus-featured single started as a SoundCloud loosie released in 2018 before being launched to international fame through remixes, performances and more. The song has been certified 14x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the highest certification in the 69-year history of the institution.