7 (Lil Nas X EP)

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7
Lil Nas X 7 EP Cover.jpg
EP by
ReleasedJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Recorded
  • November 2018 – June 2019
Length18:44
LabelColumbia
Producer
Lil Nas X chronology
Nasarati
(2018)
7
(2019)
Singles from 7
  1. "Old Town Road"
    Released: December 3, 2018
  2. "Panini"
    Released: June 20, 2019

7 is the debut extended play (EP) by American rapper and singer Lil Nas X. The EP was released on June 21, 2019, by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the Billboard Hot 100 number one single, "Old Town Road", and "Panini", and features guest appearances from Billy Ray Cyrus and Cardi B.

Background[edit]

While recording the album Lil Nas X deliberately avoided producing an album full of country rap songs, not wanting to be pigeonholed by the success of "Old Town Road".[1] Despite this he would include one other country song "Rodeo" only after producers Take a Daytrip earned his trust by giving him the beat for "Panini".[1] Several trap beats were also sent to the rapper for consideration, which he rejected as he did not want to be a "trap artist".[1]

While in the process of recording the songs Lil Nas X posted previews of both "Panini" and "Rodeo" to his social media accounts before either song were completely written. This caused some problems for producers Take a Daytrip as the popularity of these snippets meant that much of the work had to be "locked in" so the resulting songs would match the previews.[2]

Lil Nas X announced the 7 EP on May 18, 2019, on all social media platforms along with its June 2019 release date.[3] This teaser included the snippet of a song described by Spin's Rob Arcand as "singing a trap-pop hook through a slurred AutoTune drawl".[4] Lil Nas X stated that the EP will include a collaboration with "one of my favorite artists ever".[5]

Singles[edit]

"Old Town Road" was released as the lead single from the EP on December 3, 2018, peaking at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. A remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was released on April 5, 2019, also as a single, and succeeded the original version on the chart, spending 15 weeks at the top.[6] "Panini" was released as the second single from the EP on June 20, 2019.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]
Consequence of SoundC+[10]
Pitchfork4.3/10[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]

7 received mixed reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, 7 received an average score of 58, based on 10 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Mikael Wood at the Los Angeles Times considered it among the best debut efforts of the year, calling the songs on 7 "vivid, funny, full of feeling and supremely catchy, even if they don’t quite offer a clear picture of who Lil Nas X is offstage or off-screen."[13] Brittany Spanos, writing for Rolling Stone praised the EP's "carefully balanced earnestness and playfulness," but agreed with Wood: "Still, it leaves more questions than answers about what and who Lil Nas X wants to be."[12] In a mixed review, Garrett Gravely at Consequence of Sound described the EP as a "musical Chex Mix — lightweight and best consumed in selective increments, but also strangely addictive."

Other reviews were more negative. Brian Josephs at Entertainment Weekly criticized its "failed versatility", summarizing by saying, "With 7, there’s too little conviction to tell if a full project is something Lil Nas X wants to do. At best, there’s a set of half-considered songs."[14] Alphonse Pierre gave it a poor review for Pitchfork, commenting, "For the entirety of 7, it’s unclear if Lil Nas X actually likes music [...] The EP ends up being a set of nothingness [...] content made for the sake of justifying its existence."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

7 debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 77,000 album-equivalent units (including 4,000 pure album sales).[15] In its second week the EP remained at number two on Billboard 200 with 62,800 units. [16]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from Tidal.[17]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Old Town Road" (Remix) (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)
2:37
2."Panini"
1:55
3."F9mily (You & Me)"
  • Barker
2:43
4."Kick It"
  • Hill
  • Andre Carnell Robertson
  • Darien Anthony Bankhead
  • Yinka Bankole
  • Lil Nas X
  • Bizness Boi
  • Fwdslxsh
  • Alone In A Boy Band
2:22
5."Rodeo" (with Cardi B)
  • Take a Daytrip
  • Unxque
  • Lenzo
  • Chell
2:39
6."Bring U Down"
  • Tedder
  • Skelton
2:12
7."C7osure (You Like)"
2:23
8."Old Town Road"
  • YoungKio
  • Ross
  • Reznor
1:53
Total length:18:44

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a miscellaneous producer
  • ^[b] signifies an uncredited producer

Samples

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[17]

Musicians[edit]

  • Lil Nas X – lead vocals, production (track 4)
  • Cardi B – lead vocals (track 5)
  • Billy Ray Cyrus – featured vocals (track 1)
  • Jocelyn "Jozzy" Donald – background vocals (track 1)
  • Ryan Tedder – background vocals (track 6), production (track 6), bass (track 6), drums (track 6), guitar (track 6)
  • Zach Skelton – background vocals (track 6), production (track 6), bass (track 6), drums (track 6), electric guitar (track 6)
  • YoungKio – production (tracks 1, 8)
  • Atticus Ross – production (tracks 1, 8)
  • Trent Reznor – production (tracks 1, 8)
  • Take a Daytrip – production (tracks 2, 5)
  • Travis Barker – production (track 3)
  • Unxque – production (track 5)
  • Bizness – production (track 4)
  • BoiFwdslxsh – production (track 4)
  • Alone In A Boy Band – production (track 4)
  • Roy Lenzo – production (track 5)
  • Russ Chell – production (track 5)
  • Boi-1da – production (track 7)
  • Allen Ritter – production (track 7)
  • Dot da Genius – co-production (track 2)
  • Abaz – miscellaneous production (track 7)
  • X-Plosive – miscellaneous production (track 7)
  • Jahaan Sweet – miscellaneous production (track 7)
  • Stephen "Johan" Feigenbaum – strings (track 4)
  • Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi – violin (track 4)
  • Eddie Benjamin – bass (track 6)

Technical[edit]

  • Andrew "VoxGod" Bolooki – vocal production (track 1)
  • Joe Grasso – engineering (track 1)
  • Thomas Cullison – assistant engineering (track 2), recording (track 4)
  • Andy Rodríguez – assistant engineering (track 4)
  • Jeremie Inhaber – assistant engineering (track 6)
  • Robin Florent – assistant engineering (track 6)
  • Scott Desmarais – assistant engineering (track 6)
  • Cinco – recording (track 1)
  • Denzel Baptiste – recording (track 2, 5)
  • Matt Malpass – recording (track 3)
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young – mixing (tracks 2, 5)
  • Joe Grasso – mixing (tracks 3, 4)
  • Eric Lagg – mastering (tracks 1, 3, 4)
  • Colin Leonard – mastering (tracks 2, 5)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 72
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 63
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[23] 9
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 15
Icelandic Albums (Tonlist)[26] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 76
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[29] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 14
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 63
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 23
US Billboard 200[15] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
US Rolling Stone 200[34] 2

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Lil Nas X Dropping New EP Next Month". XXL. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Arcand, Rob (May 19, 2019). "Lil Nas X Announces Debut EP, Teases New Music". Spin. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Gil (May 20, 2019). "Lil Nas X Teases Debut EP Release: See the Track List". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary. "Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Rules Billboard Hot 100 for 15th Week, Post Malone's 'Goodbyes' Debuts at No. 3". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
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  10. ^ Garrett Gravely (24 June 2019). "Lil Nas X Proves More Than a 10-Gallon Novelty Act on 7 EP". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  11. ^ a b Pierre, Alphonse (June 21, 2019). "Lil Nas X: 7 EP Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Spanos, Brittany (June 21, 2019). "Lil Nas X Keeps Riding Down the Old Town Road on His Debut EP '7'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Mikael Wood (19 June 2019). "Lil Nas X is a meme star, sure, but his debut EP reveals a star, period". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
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  25. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 26, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
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  28. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 26 (dal 21.06.2019 al 27.06.2019)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
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