Is it Country?
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus teamed up to remix the crossover country-trap hit that blew up from memes on social media and wound up getting even bigger when Billboard yanked it off the Hot Country Songs chart.
Billy Ray’s new lyrics line up well with the song’s theme. During his part, Mr. “Achy Breaky Heart” name-drops some of the finer things, like “Fendi Sports bras” and “Ridin’ down Rodeo in my Maserati sports car.”
"Old Town Road Remix" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus is now streaming. The new version adds some traditional country elements, including banjos and some whistling.
The 19-year-old Atlanta rapper tweeted, “Billy Ray came to my studio session last night and gave me one of the most uplifting talks I have ever heard in my life… brought me to tears.” Lil Nas calls going from relative unknown to a trending topic collaborating with stars like Billy Ray “the most unreal moment of my life so far.”
Shelby's Take: Personally, I don't consider it a "country" song, but I do like it! I consider it a novelty. And I appreciate the smarts that went behind getting it to go viral. I enjoyed the Rolling Stone interview here, it goes into the progression of how it went "viral."