It’s been several weeks since “Old Town Road” took a stranglehold over Top 40 radio stations and at the rate it’s going, there’s no end in sight. That success hasn’t stopped Lil Nas X from releasing his latest single, “Panini,” which couldn’t be more different from his current hit.
“Panini” is more Travis Scott than Billy Ray Cyrus, and while the song definitely isn’t about sandwiches, the 20-year-old rapper-singer-songwriter does want to recruit someone very much associated with food for the remix: Gordon Ramsay. Lil Nas tweeted on Thursday that he’s “tryna get gordon ramsay on this panini remix” and it seems Chef Ramsay is game. Or, at the very least, intrigued by the proposition.
tryna get gordon ramsay on this panini remix
— nope (@LilNasX) June 20, 2019
And if the follow-up to “Old Town Road” has you hungry for more, there’s good reason. Among the songwriter credits for “Panini” is Kurt Cobain and if you’re wondering how the heck that happened, Lil Nas took to Twitter to reveal how Nirvana’s “In Bloom” served as inspiration, tweeting, “panini interpolates parts of nirvana’s ‘in bloom’. special thank you to frances bean cobain for this!!”
Lil Nas further explained the process in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 (via Pitchfork), saying, “One of the craziest things about ‘Panini,’ is it introduced me to Nirvana’s album Nevermind. It’s like I always seen the cover but I never actually listened to it. And people was like, ‘Wow, he sampled Nirvana.’ I was like, no. It’s like, I didn’t realize I was using almost the exact same melody.”
First, Billy Ray, then Kurt Cobain, and now, hopefully, Gordon Ramsay. At the very least, it seems the celebrity chef is willing to hear Lil Nas out.
Tell me more… https://t.co/zlXlqeMfhs
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 20, 2019
We don’t exactly know where or how Ramsay would fit into the “Panini” remix, or if he can even carry a tune, but if his singing voice sounds anything like his yelling and swearing voice, mark us down as both nervous and excited. And it seems we’re not alone; fans—of both Gordon and Lil Nas—have ideas on how they want this collaboration to work and, more importantly, how they believe Ramsay should contribute.
perfect sound bite pic.twitter.com/BrRtincfQ6
— 𝘓𝘦𝘯𝘢 (@sebanesce) June 20, 2019
Yo! He be like!! 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ypNzclc1h4
— ~♡~A.M.Y~♡~ (@alofa2442) June 20, 2019
Him in the middle of the song like pic.twitter.com/sPwQ3L8mmX
— samantha (@vegetariangoth) June 21, 2019
But if Ramsay isn’t available and Lil Nas is looking for another foodie celeb, Padma Lakshmi let them know she would be more than happy to fill in.
I’m available… just sayin’ https://t.co/zN6ZYx7BTr
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 20, 2019