When Lil Nas X set a record by placing 2018’s ‘Old Town Road’ atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks, many people (myself included) figured he was the very definition of a one-hit wonder.
A few years later, I’m happy to have been proven so wrong, as he has churned out one hit banger after another, all in advance of a debut album that doesn’t even have a release date yet.
A couple of weeks ago, I featured ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),’ the latest hit single by Lil Nas X. He has since released another track from his upcoming album that I hope enjoys as much success.
‘Sun Goes Down,’ framed as a conversation between Lil Nas X and his younger self, is a heartwarming (and heartbreaking) look at the pressures of teenage life, especially for a kid who is Black and gay.
I’m a couple of months late to the ‘MONTERO’ conversation. I never wrote about the Satan sneakers or the devil’s lapdance, or anything else about Lil Nas X’s second #1 single that got the religious right so flustered.
To paraphrase one YouTube commenter, it’s funny how homophobes told Lil Nas X he would burn in hell, and now they’re mad when he takes their advice.
Lil Nas X made Billboard history earlier this year when his unlikely country-rap mashup ‘Old Town Road’ became the longest-running #1 song in the history of the Hot 100.
He made history again a couple of weeks ago when he became the first openly gay artist to win a Country Music Award.
That’s a lot of history-making for a weird little two-minute track. And talk about a hard act to follow.
Every so often the Billboard charts serve up fodder rich with philosophical implications. Such is the case with the track currently sitting at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road.’
This one minute and 53 second banjo-fueled “country trap” ditty (the shortest #1 since Herman’s Hermits reached the top spot with ‘I’m Henry VIII, I Am’ way back in 1965) debuted on Soundcloud and became a viral hit, rocketing to #1 on the Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart, but (controversially) not the Hot Country chart.