The controversial ‘Old Town Road’ finally has country flavor! Billy Ray Cyrus lends his country twang to Atlanta Rapper Lil Nas X.
The Controversial Hit
The hook, catchy. The beat, on point. And, it debuted on Billboard’s cross-genre Hot 100 chart, the Hot Country Songs chart, and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart all at once.
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:
Lil Nas X Teams Up With Billy Ray Cyrus
A lot of people have jumped in to defend the Atlanta-based artist. Billy Ray Cyrus defended him by tweeting a message of support.
.@LilNasX Been watching everything going on with OTR. When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me “Take this as a compliment” means you’re doing something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) April 3, 2019
Cyrus endorsed the original and he believed it was a bona fide country hit. He expressed his thoughts via his social media account.
“It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time. I was thinking, what’s not country about it? What’s the rudimentary element of a country and western song? Then I thought, it’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?”
Now, the remix is already here, and it’s amazing.
Cyrus expressed love for the song in a press release.
“I loved the song the first time I heard it. Country music fans decide what they like. Not critics or anyone else. Waylon Jennings once told me every once in a while the industry outlaws someone because they’re different. Country music fans don’t need to be defined by critics. I’ve always said, don’t think inside the box, don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. So, I’m honored to collaborate with Lil Nas X on ‘Old Town Road.'”