Lil Nas X


Kiara Steward '19, Reporter

His name is Montero Lamar Hill, but many know him by the name of Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X is a 20 year-old songwriter, rapper, and singer from Atlanta, Georgia. You may know him by his hit song “Old Town Road” which is a mashup of modern country music with a bit of hip-hop flare. This hit single actually peaked number one on the Billboard Hot 100!

His career began as an internet personality which is where he gained popularity. After time he began to upload music to Soundcloud in 2018 to promote himself. This is where “Old Town Road” was first uploaded and the song blew up in 2019 due to a viral challenge on social media.

Although his career has just started he is already doing big things! He recently signed with Columbia Records which is a big milestone as a young new artist. He has now surpassed Drake’s number of streams in one week.

When his song first entered the charts under the country genre, it was quickly removed. The song was said to incorporate country elements but was just not country. With that being said Billy Ray Cyrus, a popular artist in the genre of country, featured on the track to ensure the song’s “countriness”. This feature has opened up the door for artists in all kinds of genres to hop on the wave of adding their own mix to the song just like Billy Ray Cyrus did.

What Lil Nas X did with this song is bring two genres together so that everyone can simply just enjoy the song. A lot of people have a negative connotation of country music but maybe this is the future of country or just music in general.

Lil Nas X is indeed a new artist to the music scene but if he continues to make music enjoyable for everyone, he will certainly go far. He is definitely a unique artist that people should be on the lookout for.