Grab your cowboy hat from Gucci because the Old Town Road
music videoÂ movie has arrived!
On Friday, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus dropped the vid for their hit song, and it is INSANE! 1800s Western meets modern day!
WATCH the awesomeness (below) also featuring Chris Rock, Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Diplo, Jozzy, Young Kio, and Vince Staples:
Of course, the 20-year-old rapper’s ascent to stardom has not been easy.
The Atlanta-native initially released the trackÂ independently on December 3, 2018, where it gained popularity on the social video sharing app TikTok.
In March 2019, the songÂ simultaneously reached the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
Unfortunately, BillboardÂ removed the tune from its Hot Country chart for “not [embracing] enough elements of today’s country music”
They told Rolling Stone:
â€œUpon further review, it was determined that Old Town Road by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboardâ€˜s country charts. When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While Old Town Road incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of todayâ€™s country music to chart in its current version.â€�
Amid accusations of racism, a spokesperson for the publication toldÂ Genius:
â€œBillboardâ€™s decision to take the song off of the country chart had absolutely nothing to do with the race of the artist.â€�
However, Lil Nas X got the last laugh when he teamed up with Miley Cyrus‘s country superstar dad for a BANGIN’ remix!
Though the song was not re-entered onto the country charts, both the original version and the remix eventually reached number one on the Hot 100.
The Achy Breaky Heart crooner said in a statement:
â€œI loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else… Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because theyâ€™re different. Country music fans donâ€™t need to be defined by critics. Iâ€™ve always said, donâ€™t think inside the box, donâ€™t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, Iâ€™m honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on Old Town Road.”
The tune has not only been embraced by both hip-hop and country fans, it has been revered by reality TV royalty!
As we reported, momma Kim Kardashian WestÂ posted a video â€œdirected and choreographedâ€� by eldest daughter North West where the 5-year-old jams out to the catchy single!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 14, 2019
[Image via Lil Nas X/Instagram.]
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