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Infectious country-rap hit tops USA charts and sparks race debate

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Charles Bowen | 11 April, 2019, 19:40

Written after Lil Nas X left college to pursue a career in rap, the song was initially released in December 2018 as 'Old Town Road (I Got Horses in the Back)' to overwhelming viral success, spurring its very own craze on the video app TikTok and thousands upon thousands of social media memes. But, as Headline Planet explains, the airplay is thanks to something called the "syndication effect", in which a majority of spins can be attributed to radio shows that are syndicated over a multitude of stations.

Young Thug reveals Lil Nas X "Old Town Road" remix.

It also helped to raise the song's profile and garnered support from the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, who hopped on a remix of the song. Born Montero Hill, the rapper, who originally grew a following as a Twitter personality, released the country rap song "Old Town Road" in early December a year ago, and it began to climb up the charts after becoming a meme on the app TikTok.

That question has ignited controversy and a conversation about racism in the country music industry.

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"It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time", Cyrus tweeted. But with country trap, I in no way want to take credit for that. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late March at number 19, before Billboard gave it the ax. "What the hell more do ya need?"

John went on to say, "Go listen to Kris Kristofferson and then go listen to that song, and if you tell me they have anything to do with each other, then I will quit". "Within its sixth week, "Old Town Road " was the fastest song to climb the Hot 100 since Zayn's "Pillowtalk" from February 2016", Blavity writes.

Salute to Lil Nas X!

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