Rising rapper Lil Nas X just hit #1 on billboard for his record “Old Town Road,” a country-inspired rap track about the cowboy lifestyle, on his birthday.
The trap country hybrid began to bubble due to the track’s viral #yeehaw challenge and countless memes. However, as “Old Town Road” inched towards its zenith, Billboard removed the record from their Country Music charts. The confusion around their decision led to an intense backlash forcing Billboard to release a statement explaining that their category specific charts are “a tool for people in the music business to better gauge the success of songs relative to others in a given format.” This perceived injustice only boosted the song’s popularity. Now, despite limitations, “Old Town Road” has climbed up the charts giving Lil Nas X his fir#1 billboard hit.