Lil Nas X went viral with his hit single “Old Town Road” and even though they removed his hit record out of the Country Billboard Chart because it was “Too Hip-Hop” its doesn’t stop Billy Ray Cryus from jumping on the official remix.
Lil Nas X’s single “Old Town Road” was initially released in early December and slowly started gaining traction online. The song became popular on the app Tik Tok, which propelled the country-trap song to mainstream success on the U.S. charts. In March, the song charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs lists, but most notably, it also charted on Hot Country Songs.
But, controversially, when the chart results were posted the following week, Billboard had removed Lil Nas X and “Old Town Road” from the Hot Country Songs chart. The Independent reports that chart analysts indicate the song would have likely hit number one if it hadn’t been removed from Billboard’s chart. When contacted for comment, Billboard released the following statement: “While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
That, in turn, sparked more backlash, with some accusing Billboard of racism, noting that other white artists are allowed to experiment with country’s voice and sound without being penalized on the charts.
Then late on Thursday night, Billy Ray Cyrus came through on a remix of Lil Nas’s “Old Town Road.”
By Friday morning, the song and its artist occupied three trending separate topics on Twitter. The initial music video for the song has over 23 million views, and the remix is steadily building toward half a million as of 10 a.m. on Friday.
Lil Nas X VIBING to Billy Ray Cyrus’ verses: CLICKhttp://www.worldstarhiphop.com/embed/135346“> HERE
So what does that mean for Lil Nas X? Undetermined. At this point, if Billboard introduces the remix into the Hot Country Chart, then it will definitely make the conversation more difficult (why would it only be a country song when a white artist adds vocals to the song?). But no matter what happens, Lil Nas X has something that might not have been as possible if he had stayed strictly in the Hip-Hop genre lane: you know his name, and we’re talking about it. And, in the meantime, Lil Nas X has been reportedly signed to Columbia Records.