Lil Nas X simply debuted the remix of “Old Town Road” boasting Billy Ray Cyrus, a collaboration so left-field that it spawns excellent sense. The country music nature hasn’t known fairly how to categorize Lil Nas X, and Cyrus quoth his working experience with the fickle graphs in a tweet this week.
. @LilNasX Been watching everything going on with OTR. When I came thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me” Take this as a praise” means you’re doing something huge! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@ billyraycyrus) April 3, 2019
Lil Nas X tweeted back in December, when the chant was liberated, about getting Cyrus on the song.
twitter please help me get billy ray cyrus on this pic.twitter.com/ UDoeiOZqc1
— nope (@ LilNasX) December 5, 2018
The TikTok challenge that helped “Old Town Road” depart viral is quite tied into the yeehaw schedule, a social media push that highlights the deep roots between Black culture and cowboy culture, which have largely been rubbed in favourite country music. That was illustrated in real epoch when Billboard removed “Old Town Road” from its Hot Country Songs chart last-place month. A representative told Rolling Stone that while the song” incorporates notes to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough a number of aspects of today’s country music to chart in its current account .”
On social media, the subtext of the statement was clearer: the “elements” missing were whiteness. With that framing, the remix is a inventive acces back to the charts. Or, perhaps, a middle finger to the industry. Or both.
billboard: we’re going to be assholes and make your country ballad off the charts–
billy ray cyrus: pic.twitter.com/ W8l2P66DPb
— Rebecca Mix (@ rebeccarmix) April 5, 2019
Billy Ray Cyrus:” Baby’s got a habit, diamond echoes and Fendi sports bras
Ridin’ down Rodeo in my Maserati sports car”
— Tom Petrini (@ RealTomPetrini) April 5, 2019
— Kevan Rivera (@ sneakinrican8 8) April 5, 2019
Lil Nas X walking back onto the Country Billboard shows with his Billy Ray Cyrus approved remix of “Old Town Road” pic.twitter.com/ iGpDCTsV3N
— Joe Anthony Myrick (@ WamBamItsJAM) April 5, 2019
Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X on that Old Town Road Remix pic.twitter.com/ 4X8GJxyyHd
— Chidden Nuddet (@ Sir_Hurizzel) April 5, 2019