It could be said that Jake Owen has a wide range of musical tastes. And in a new interview, he reveals that he was collaborating with controversial Lil Nas X.
The country crooner then turned to Twitter on the 27th of March to comment on the controversy surrounding the Atlanta-based rapper, extending an invitation for a possible collaboration in the future.
We can jam anytime @LilNasX. Love that song. I love George Jones. I love Don Williams. I love @SnoopDogg. I miss Biggie Smalls and Merle Haggard and probably played them both in my truck this week. I just love music. Now go ride that horse 🐎 bro 💪🏽 https://t.co/2T2ICLMyVp
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) March 28, 2019
Owen Wanting to Collaborate
In an interview with SiriusXM, Owen confirmed to host Storme Warren that the tentative collaboration was moving forward. He has also emphasized that he wasn’t really concerned about the confines and the perceptions around genres.
“I’ve always loved every kind of music, and he wrote a song that came out, people obviously liked it enough to where it starts popping up charting on a country hit,” he observes. “Now, there’s definitely elements that people think are country or aren’t country, but I think at the end of the day, for me, anything that seems to pop up on our radar and people like it, it’s welcome. I leave my doors open any time, because you never know what’s gonna walk through.”
Lil Nas X’s Controversial ‘Old Town Road’
The festivities for the hit song were short-lived as the country-rap/trap hit was removed from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
According to a Rolling Stone report, Billboard quietly removed the song and informed Lil Nas X’s record label, Columbia Records, that his inclusion was a mistake. In a statement they released to Rolling Stone, the publication explained why they made the decision:
“Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts. When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”