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Lil Nas X’s “Panini” Video Is A Cheeky, Neon-Tinted Anime Thriller

Viral superstar Lil Nas X released his creative music video for his second single, “Panini,” and it’s a real treat. Starring Disney Channel alum Skai Jackson, the basic premise of the video is simple: the object of Lil Nas X’s affections is over him, and he’s trying to get their attention again. Oh yeah, and there’s a brand deal with Uber involved in the story, but that’s beside the point.

Stylistically, the video is equal parts Big Hero 6 and Red Eye. There’s also a distinct mecha anime influence in “Panini,” along with a clever reference to The Twilight Zone‘s famous “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” episode.

Of course, meme king Lil Nas X has peppered “Panini” with plenty of reaction shots and tongue-in-cheek jokes that will make the rounds on Twitter, but you’ll have to see for yourself.

Watch the video for Lil Nas X’s “Panini” above, and follow him on Spotify.

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