Many people suggested that the decision not to classify the song as country was evidence of racism in the country music scene.
Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" might herald a whole new era for country-rap, but is it actually country? Soon after, the duo announced that a remix of "Old Town Road" featuring Billy is on the way. "But it's not like I'm not going to have another country trap song".
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Now, it's likely the song will end up back on the country charts, which marks a victory for a music community run by the internet and unbothered by genre classification.
Anyway, Billy Ray Cyrus has now come in to lend his stamp of approval to the song, recording a remix with Lil Nas X ... and it slaps. Don't try and think outside the box. When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me "Take this as a compliment" means you're doing something great!
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Obviously, those who were listening to the song disagreed, because it continued to climb up the chart. Only Outlaws are allowed.
Embrace the country; make it the song of the summer we deserve.
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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" has been a subject of controversy, in and out of the country music world, for whether it merits being officially included in that genre. The song reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Country chart for the week of March 16, but it was removed because it didn't embrace enough elements of country music.