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Thus far, it can be argued that 2019 has been the year of Lil Nas X, if only based on the record setting success of “Old Town Road.” When you add that he voluntarily revealed his sexuality at the top of the arch, the 21 year old has propelled himself to pop culture stardom in a matter of months. Jump to his appearance on HBO’s talk show The Shop: Interrupted, where he was quizzed about his decision to come out as a homosexual. Despite the question being rather insensitive, especially from host Paul Rivera, X did a great job of staying classy and making his responses both assertive and respectful. Commenting on why he came out X said, “It’s not like being forced (to come out), it’s just that growing up (I’m meant to) hate this stuff (homosexuality). Kevin Hart who was one of the guests on the show, and one who may be overly sensitive because he’s had his own trouble with the subject in his past, questioned what he was referring to.  Lil Nas countered with by saying, “Homosexuality, gay people. Come on now, if you’re really from the hood, you know.” There’s a lot of tension around this subject for some folks and it came to the surface a couple days ago on HBO.  The entire interview has been released and can be found on HBO.
Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. Choice Drama Movie After Choice Drama Movie Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After Choice Drama Movie Actress Josephine Langford – After Choice Comedy Movie Crazy Rich Asians Choice Comedy Movie Actor Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date Choice Comedy Movie Actress Laura Marano – The Perfect Date Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Movie Villain Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Will Smith – Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Naomi Scott – Aladdin Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actress Lili Reinhart – Riverdale Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Shadowhunters Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters Choice Action TV Show MacGyver Choice Action TV Actor Stephen Amell – Arrow Choice Action TV Actress Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest Choice Comedy TV Show The Big Bang Theory Choice Comedy TV Actress Nina Dobrev – Fam Choice TV Villain Cameron Monaghan – Gotham Choice Ship Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actor Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actress Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things Choice Reality TV Show America’s Got Talent Choice Throwback TV Show Friends Choice Comedian Ethan & Grayson Dolan Choice Male Athlete Stephen Curry Choice Female Athlete Serena Williams Choice Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Choice Music Group Why Don’t We Choice Country Artist Dan + Shay Choice Latin Artist CNCO Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Cardi B Choice Rock Artist Panic! At The Disco Choice Song: Female Artist Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations” Choice Song: Male Artist Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us” Choice Song: Group Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Choice Pop Song Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next” Choice Country Song Dan + Shay – “Speechless” Choice Song From a Movie Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)” Choice Electronic/Dance Song Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” Choice Latin Song CNCO – “Pretend” Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]” Choice Rock Song Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Choice Summer Female Artist Halsey Choice Summer Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Summer Group Jonas Brothers Choice Summer Tour BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour Choice YouTuber Sam and Colby Choice Social Star Noah Centineo Choice Female Web Star Emma Chamberlain Choice Male Web Star David Dobrik Choice Comedy Web Star The Dolan Twins Choice Music Web Star Annie LeBlanc Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Hannah Meloche Choice Gamer PewDiePie
Rapper Jermaine Dupri of So So Def has beef with Lil Nas X, we’re just not exactly sure why. We know that recently Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” broke the record of 16 weeks straight on top of the Billboard chart that was held Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day.” The Lil Nas X song now has owned the top slot for 18 straight weeks. On Wednesday, Dupri took to Twitter with a blast, “No!! You can’t sit with us. Go sit over there and based on the stats and this chart @mariahcarey is the greatest songwriter in history.” We’re not sure if Dupri just got done watching Mean Girls, if he was having a bad day or if he just wanted to show some love to Carey who he has collaborated with several times – most notably on “Always Be My Baby” back in ‘95.  Meanwhile, in a show of graciousness, Mariah gave X a ton of props when he broke her record, so why is Dupri so salty?
Many forget that before ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X first earned recognition through his social media presence on Twitter and Instagram. X had gone viral several times prior to releasing his record setting single. In a recent interview the instant star commented on earlier days by saying “A lot of the stuff I used to do years before would sometimes go too far. I know I have a platform now, so there’s more of a need to make sure nothing is hurtful or too crazy.” With that statement, the 20 year old displays great insight and introspection. His advice would benefit all of us as we use our social media accounts. Use them for positivity and for helping others. X has certainly had to take his fair share of backlash after his sexuality announcement in June, but he’s applying his positive mentality to understand and forgive. Just check out some of his tweets in response to harsh Twitter comments to see the positive, fun-loving approach he has taken.
If you have been following along with us this summer, you know that Lil Nas X, week after week, has had his name in the middle of something popular.  It has all been driven by his giant summer hit “Old Town Road,” which has been staring down at the competition for over four months.  Now with it’s 17th week atop the list, it surpasses Mariah Carey’s 1995 hit “One Sweet Day” for the longest time spent on the Billboard top 100 list. Pretty wild when you think about how quickly all this has transpired for the young country singing rapper. Mariah handled the situation with class and respect. Holding the record for nearly 25 years, she put up an Instagram post that showed her with a torch passing it to Lil Nas X in front of a Billboard backdrop. The post’s opening line reads “Sending  love and congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history!” Well said, very gracious. Summer 2019 belongs to Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X is being sued $25 million over Carry On, a song he released before Old Time Road. A company called The Music Force claims to own the copyright of a song titled “Carry On” by Bobby Caldwell. The company also says that Lil Nas X’s song Carry On hijacked parts of this Caldwell song from the 1980s.

Lil Nas is signed with Sony Music. The Music Force is suing Sony Music along with Lil Nas. The Music Force wants $10 million in damages to “remedy the confusion in the marketplace” and $15 million in punitive damages. Sony Music certainly has the financial power to put up a good fight in court.

June was a big month for Lil Nas X — he released his first EP, his hit Old Town Road reached 14 weeks straight at #1 on the charts, and to cap it all off, he got a monkey off his back that was likely there for quite some time. June is also gay pride month, and that proverbial monkey was in fact the news that Lil Nas X is gay, and he announced it in a rather laid back and casual way.

Taking to social media as he often does, Lil Nas X through a series of tweets revealed and confirmed his sexuality several times using humor, wit, and sarcasm. It was a tweet on Sunday that was the groundbreaker and has over 500K likes and 100K retweets.

It read:

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. But before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.” The tweet was followed by a rainbow emoji, and starface emoji’s.

After seeing the tweet and going back to read the lyrics of C7osure (off of “7” his EP) it became very clear the song is 100% about his battle and need to come out of the closet — for closure of course!

Back to twitter, Lil Nas X took any jokes or slanderous comments as exactly that, and instead of trying to fight them, he embraced them, and made jokes of the jokes and slander of the slander.

“Dead*ss thought I made it obvious” he tweeted while posting the cover of his EP and focusing in on one of the large buildings in the background that was rainbow colored. He’d then go on to say “Just because I’m gay dont mean I’m not straight”. Finally to clear everything up, he let twitter know that “Old town road is literally about horses”.

Lil Nas X has to be given a lot of credit for the manner in which he conducted himself through a very challenging moment in his young life. He wasn’t seeking attention, praise, or glorification, but rather just the freedom and relief of the world knowing who he truly is. He did so with grace, humor, and respect for others opinions. The only question about Lil Nas X that should be asked now is, what music is next for the young up-and-coming artist.

Spoiler Alert … It is VERY underwhelming!

Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene through the hit song Old Town Road (and Old Town Road Remix) which has sat atop the Billboard Top 100 charts for 12 straight weeks now. An amazing feat for the up and coming 20 year old music & meme artist.

Fan’s of Lil Nas X and the music world have been anxiously awaiting what was to come next as he continued to define his image and brand in the music industry. What was next was the release of his EP “7” which dropped on Wednesday June 27th. The EP has 8 songs including both Old Town Road, and Old Town Road Remix, thus 6 new tracks. It’s run time is a mere 18 minutes and change, about long enough to listen to while taking a shower and getting ready for school or work.

The EP features the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus (obviously) as well as a song with Cardi B, called Rodeo. Rodeo maybe is the closest song to Old Town Road in terms of the mixture of a country and rap feel, outside of Cardi B’s verses of course. The other songs are kind of all over the place, ending abruptly at times, while never really establishing a theme or flow throughout the EP. “Panini” the second song on the EP, is rather a catchy trap beat with relatable lyrics, and likely will be the new song that grabs the most traction off this EP.

Writer’s Opinion

For me personally, the EP was a total disaster. I was (am) a big fan of the Old Town Road songs, and continue to listen to them in daily rotation. However, as far as the rest of the EP goes, I’ll take Panini for my playlist and toss the rest in the do not touch folder. Lil Nas X is only 20, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s made some rookie mistakes and has failed to create an identity for himself with this EP.

X sounded like a combination of Kid Cudi & Khalid, but as if the Monstars from Space Jam stole their talent and forced the artist into the studio to perform. The EP gets a C- from me, and that is only because of Old Town Road. Remove Old Town Road from the equation and you’ve got yourself a major clunker. Hopefully Lil Nas X can rebound from this disappointment of an EP or he’ll find his name added to a famous list of “One and Done” artists that reads LOL Nas X.

With Lil Nas X (Montero Lamar Hill) is a twenty-year-old American rapper, singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He began as an internet personality, but came to the forefront with his hit 2018 single “Old Time Road.” The core song is terrific, but Lil Nas X raises the level by finding a way to combine his urban rap with the pure country sound of Billy Ray Cyrus – Miley’s dad.

The remix with Cyrus went viral in April, 2019 breaking Drake’s record for most streamed song in a week. Though the song ran up multiple charts including number one on Billboard’s Top 100, its listing on the magazine’s Hot Country Songs Chart was taken down because “it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart” as a country song. Boo to them. Before all the attention around the song, the wit and rhythm of Lil Nas X began to find an audience on the internet when he was 16. He was clever enough to break through the noise by connecting himself to Nicki Minaj. The strength of this creative powerhouse makes Lil Nas X a force to watch in the future.

Watch his new music video for “Old Town Road Remix” with Billy Rae Cyrus below: