If you went on social media in , chances are you saw something about viral musical sensation Lil Nas X, also known as the year-old rapper behind "Old Town Road" —the song everyone loves to love and hate. And now, it's earned three nominations at the Grammys, adding to Nas X's total of six nominations. Times , " and I know there is so much more to come, but the nominations gave me more validation than I already had given myself. What's the "All-Stars" all about? ET—because you're definitely not going to want to miss all that. It's also the top Google-searched song of It was quite a summer for the chart-topper, as he released a second single called "Panini" and proudly came out as gay at the end of Pride Month with a series of tweets. But with the latest record-breaking development, that's long behind Lil Nas X. Regardless, the star seemed to have sent a clear response to any haters with a remix of "Old Town Road" featuring bona fide country mainstay Billy Ray Cyrus—a move that only created more hype around the song after its initial release.
On the beginnings of "Old Town Road": "The line just comes to me"
After gaining popularity, the single was re-released by Columbia Records in March The song has been widely labeled as " country rap ", a genre that had not often reached the mainstream prior to its release. Dutch record producer YoungKio produced the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in The sample was placed behind trap -style Roland TR drums and bass.
Old Town Road - Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X, a year-old from Atlanta who was sleeping on his sister's floor just last year, vaulted to stardom when his song "Old Town Road" became the longest-running number one single in Billboard's history. It's a story of overnight success for the rapper, who dropped out of college to pursue music just a year ago. When the rapper — whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill -- first heard the beat, he said, he thought "I hope nobody gets this beat before me. He added that he knew from the start that the song would have a country twist, even though he wasn't a country music fan.
But the catchy hit is also super confusing. Like where is the Old Town Road? And why does Lil Nas X have a horse? What happened to his car?