Lil Nas X even responded to Will Smith's request!
After Lil Nas X’s viral country-trap song was removed from Billboard‘s Hot Country chart because it, as Billboard said in a statement to Rolling Stone, “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version,” the 19-year-old rapper recruited Cyrus to make a remix.
The remix quickly went viral, spreading memes across social media.
On Friday, Smith, 50, posted his own take on the “Old Town Road” memes, sharing the music video to his 1999 rap song “Wild Wild West” set to Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s remix.
“Y’all Call me when you’re ready to shoot the video,” the Grammy-winning rapper and actor wrote, tagging Cyrus and Lil Nas X.
In an exchange captured by Comments by Celebs, Lil Nas X then commented on Smith’s post, exclaiming “NO F—ING WAY.”
After the release of the remix, Cyrus, 57, spoke out about the controversy over whether or not the song should be classified as “country.”
“It was so obvious to me after hearing the song just one time,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I was thinking, what’s not country about it? What’s the rudimentary element of a country and western song? Then I thought, it’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?”
“A few days passed and I went to the studio to do vocals,” he continued. “When I finished the pass, I whistled at the end of the song. Thats when the engineer stood up and said, ‘that s— is fire’ We’re keeping that! Glad you gusys are diggin’ the tune, love seeing all your meme’s [sic].”
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The collaboration between Cyrus and Lil Nas X seemed destined to happen. Back in December, Lil Nas X shared a video of himself listening to ‘Old Town Road’ and wrote, “twitter please help me get billy ray cyrus on this.”
On Wednesday, Cyrus tweeted at the rapper, “Been watching everything going on with OTR. When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me ‘Take this as a compliment’ means you’re doing something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!”
Lil Nas X first shared the news that the song had been taken off the Billboard country chart in late March, when he posted a screenshot of an article with the caption, “extremely disappointed.”