Video Review: Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow “Industry Baby”

During sentencing, a judge (Lil Nas X) tells Lil Nas X he “has to serve 5 years in Montero prison.” Lil Nas X turns his head from left to right, his mouth agape as he sits on the stand.

A black screen reads: “3 Months Later.” Nas X hangs from his cell and dusts his Grammys.  He adjusts his platinum award on the wall. While walking with the other inmates, they hold onto his pockets. Nas X and other inmates perform a dance routine (almost) naked in the shower. He talks on the phone in the visitation area. In the yard, he lifts weights.

Jack Harlow pushes his cart by the cells. He passes Nas X a book. Nas opens the book and finds a cross in it. Ripping off a picture, he creates a hole. Using a lighter, he crawls through the hole. The security guard watches Lil Nas X’s “Montero” video as he walks around. Nas X punches the security and hits the a button on the wall.

Harlow’s cell unlocks. A twentysomething woman rubs his chest as he sits on his cell. A red light flashes in throughout the cells and waves “bye” to him. The other inmates fight while Harlow walks down the hallway. Nas X pulls the lever on the electric chair, killing Harlow. Harlow and Nas X hold up their name signs as they pose by the height wall. Nas X drives a police car as Harlow hangs out of it in a parking lot. Nas X and a dozen inmates dance in the yard at night. Riding on top of the prison bus, Nas X waves his shirt around as it leaves.

Rating: 5/5

Lil Nas X mows the lawn inside a subdivision. He curses as he steps in dog feces. His boss walks around the yard with the edger. He puts the lawnmower in the back of the truck and wipes his face with a towel. The twentysomething man winks at him. Nas X snaps his arm with the towel. His boss glaring at them tells them to get on the truck.

Lil Nas X puts his paycheck in his pocket and walks to the bus stop. The twentysomething man asks him if he wants a ride home. Lil Nas X shrugs and says he appreciates it. In the car, the twentysomething man says he’s been in trouble himself. Their boss was tough but a good man. He asked no questions. Lil Nas X says for him to drop him off on the corner. He preferred not to know where his co-worker lived. The twentysomething man grabs his face and kisses him. Nas X pulls away and says for him to back off.

Nas X walks to the truck the next day. His boss tells him he’s fired. Nas X asks “why?” His boss says he doesn’t want gay people on his crew. Nas X stares at the twentysomething man, who looks at the ground. Nas X punches the twentysomething man. His boss threatens to call the police. Nas X raises his hands and stops. The twentysomething man says he’ll sue for battery and calls the police. Nas X runs. One of his former inmates had a hideout somewhere in the area.

Director: Christian Breslauer Year: 2021

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit , Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kristofia anthology.