On “THATS WHAT I WANT,” Lil Nas sings about his desire for love, which is often a struggle to find as a gay black man.
Lil Nas X first teased the song on TikTok in February 2021. The song was further teased in several TikToks starting May 28, 2021. A portion of the track played during the end credits of the “INDUSTRY BABY WITHOUT MUSIC” video, released on August 11. In collaboration with Taco Bell, the song was teased in their breakfast commercial, in which Lil Nas X made an appearance. Following the airing of the commercials, it was previewed on August 25, 2021, in the announcement video of the release date of MONTERO. The next day, the track was also previewed on the tracklist reveal.
Along with the album, the song was leaked in its entirety on August 6, 2021, more than one month before the release date.