“It’s slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed.”
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Well, during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he explained the meaning of the name Montero.
“It’s slightly embarrassing, but I’m not embarrassed,” he began. “My mom wanted the car, the [Mitsubishi] Montero, and she never got one.”
“So yeah, I’m named after a car.”
For context, here is the Mitsubishi Montero:
Looks like a sturdy SUV, sure.
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.”
Well, I’m sure that the car isn’t the only Montero people want to ride.