The kicker? He's only been making music for a year. The bigger kicker? He started making music because he was bored.
"Almost one year ago, I got bored and made my first song," he told Audiomack at Rolling Loud Festival. "Around my fifth song, I was like... I'm ready to take this seriously. It was almost like something, like... I never had something I was really into, but when this came along? I got this."
Lil Nas X's life sounds like a movie, but his attitude is just as chipper. The young man identifies himself as a student of the Internet, providing further proof that regional boundaries are being axed by artists' online presence.
"I grew up off the Internet, so my influences come from all over musically," he said. "From underground SoundCloud rappers to Andre 3000, Kendrick, to even like Lil Uzi Vert. I don't have a specific influence in my music. That's what people will realize when they hear my full album."
With an album on the way, it'll be interesting to see how Lil Nas X goes from viral sensation to career artist.