Lil Nas X's success has been the feel-good come-up rap needed in 2019. Shady Tweetdeck beginnings aside, the viral sensation the song sparked on TikTok was the best "challenge" in recent memory, and it's still inspiring to reflect on how people from all walks of life came together to condemn Billboard's decision to pull the song from its country music chart.
Thanks in part to the controversy, Lil Nas X secured another campy country music artist, Billy Ray Cyrus, for the official "Old Town Road" remix. The song has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks now, and today the music video dropped. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray are on the run from the law in the wild west, and get sucked through a portal to the present day. There are lots of great cameos like Chris Rock, Rico Nasty, Vince Staples, and more. Watch it above, and read The FADER's interview with Lil Nas X here.