Kentucky native Billy Ray Cyrus joins forces with rapper on remix

Kentucky native Billy Ray Cyrus joins forces with rapper on remix

On Friday Lil Nas X dropped a remix featuring none other than Billy Ray Cyrus. Yes, the remix is better still than the original (yeehaw), but Cyrus' contribution is also a middle finger to the country music gatekeepers who rejected the song in the first place.

"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts", the publication said in a statement.

Shortly thereafter, according to Rolling Stone, Billboard removed the song from the country charts entirely, telling Lil Nas X's label that its original inclusion was a mistake.

The song rose to prominence after it went viral on the lip-synching app TikTok.

In any case, Lil Nas X found a way to get the track racing back up the charts - with the help of a country hero.

The song was a ideal marriage of two genres. Subsequently, Cyrus posted more thoughts on the song, pointing out that, for many of country's most venerated outlaws, not being on the charts was virtually a rite of passage.

The song includes elements of trap music, which grew out of the late 1990s hip-hop scene in the American South.

"Country music fans decide what they like".

While many people applauded Billy Ray Cyrus for lending his support to he younger artist, a number of social media users questioned why it was necessary for him to intervene. "Good for Lil Nas X. He got a country hit".

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