Yeehaw! You might have the sudden urge to cop Balenciaga’s latest Santiag Harness Booties, and go horse riding in Central Park after hearing this viral hit from Hip Hop (well, at least that’s what I think it is) newcomer, Lil Nas X.
Montero Lamar Hill sort of shares the same rap moniker as Nasir Jones—arguably one of the greatest lyricists to ever live—but their sounds totally differ. The rising ATLien’s music boasts a trappy, genre-bending new age twang, which is accented in his western-influenced sonic offering, “Old Town Road.” Initially released in December, the “banjo hip hop smash,” as coined by Rolling Stone, is just under two minutes long yet sticks in your noggin like itty-bitty tape on Cardi B’s nips. Heck, it even received a cosign from Justin Bieber via Instagram on March 24th. Long before the Biebs displayed his approval, though, the “country rap” track debuted on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart all at once! Furthermore, it was also made popular on Tiktok, the 4th ranked app in the App Store that allows users (mostly teenagers) throughout the country to create video clips set to music.
Check out “Old Town Road” for yourself below and decide if all the hoopla surrounding it is warranted:
While you’re at it, indulge in Young Thug’s very own revolutionized take on Country music, “Family Don’t Matter,” featuring Millie Go Lightly.