If you ever sat around and wondered, “man, is there any way Kidz Bop could do a clean version of Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero?’” Well, join the club, because the Grammy-winning MC seemed tickled to death on Tuesday (Oct. 26) to post the super-sanitized lyrics of his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, which, of course, completely strips away his R-rated verses in favor of some shiny, happy lines about vacations and pleasant dinners.
“I wanna lie on the beach in Hawaii/ I want that jet lag from livin’ and flyin’/ Put a smile on your face whilst we’re dinin’/ Oh, oh, why me?” Lil Nas posted in a screenshot of the radically revamped lines. Now, of course, the original was a bit racier, with Lil Nas rapping, “I wanna sell what you’re buying/ I wanna feel on yo’ a– in Hawaii/ I want that jet lag from f—ing and flying/ Shoot a child in your mouth while I’m riding.”
A quick spin also reveals that while Nas X was talking about “cocaine and drinking with your friends” and being down for all kinds of bad behavior (“I’m not fazed, only here to sin/ If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can”), the Kidz’s pre-chorus is scrubbed totally clean of transgression.
“Singin’ and dancin’ with your friends/ You live in the dark, yeah, I cannot pretend/ I’m not fazed, only here to win/ If you ain’t in the garden, you know that you can,” the tweens sing on the song that appears on the Kidz Bop 2022 collection, which also sanitizes tracks from Olivia Rodrigo (“Good 4 U” and “Deja Vu”) and Justin Bieber (“Peaches”).
Check out Nas’ post and listen to the Kidz Bop version below.