The Strange Story Behind Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road'
Date: May 31, 2019
Wondering what the deal is with "Old Town Road"? The country-rap song has taken the airwaves - and TikTok - by storm. But where did viral sensation come from? And what's the deal with Lil Nas X, the artist behind it? Here's how country music reacted to "Old Town Road."
The artist behind "Old Town Road" is known as Lil Nas X. As Time reported, the man behind the name is Montero Lamar Hill of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018, Hill ignored the protests of his parents and dropped out of college at 19 to see if he could carve out a career in music.
However, according to New York Magazine, country trap stardom was not Hill's first rodeo, as he is an extremely savvy online influencer who was a notorious internet presence even before he made it big with "Old Town Road."
The singer-rapper's first foray to web fame was on Twitter, where he operated as a popular engagement bait account that was nominally about Nicki Minaj fandom. The account was suspended for spamming and artificially inflating its stats in March 2018, but based on the current phase of his career, Hill clearly still knows how to work the online crowd.
#LilNasX #OldTownRoad #BillyRayCyrus
Meet Lil Nas X | 0:23
Not enough country | 1:27
Shaking up the genre | 2:45
Breaking those records | 3:44
Just another play to go viral | 4:37
Enter Billy Ray Cyrus | 5:40
Topping the charts | 6:41
Mixed reviews | 7:32
History repeating? | 8:35
The producer behind the track | 9:52
The making of a name | 11:03