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Will Smith Hilariously Puts In Bid To Star In Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Old Town Road' Country Music Video

A social media influencer/rapper has Will Smith itching to put on a cowboy hat and boots to appear in his new country music video with Billy Ray Cyrus. See how Lil Nas X went from social media fame, to the Billboard charts, to grabbing the attention of the Hollywood titan inside....

You know you've made it when you're on Will Smith's radar.

Lil Nas X - a social media influencer/Atlanta rapper - is blowing up right now as his country rap track "Old Town Road" sweeps the nation.  Haven't heard of 'em?  Yeah, we hadn't either.  Till now.

What started as a funny, trending meme, the song - "Old Town Road" - is now a legit new song that's making moves on the music charts.

 

 

Here's a little backstory, complete with controversy and racial undertones:

There was controversy behind the hit track "Old Town Road," which was originally released by 19-year-old Lil Nas X in December. The song blew up on the popular app Tik Tok, which is an app where you can create and share short music videos. In March 2019, the track made its way to the Billboard charts, landing at the No. 19 spot on the "Hot Country Songs" list.

A week later, Billboard yanked the track from the country charts, later stating to Rolling Stone that the song doesn't "embrace enough elements of today's country music." It remained on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop list.  That's interesting, since Taylor Swift was still in the Country category until she, herself, said she was Pop. 

Do you have to look a certain way for your music to be deemed country?  Or is Darius Rucker the only black person allowed to sing in the genre? (Remember how the CMAs messed over Beyonce' - saying "she's not country" and they yanked her performance from online after she performed her VERY country song "Daddy Lessons" with Dixie Chicks?! Listen to that discussion above.)

“Old Town Road” now sits atop Billboard’s on-demand streaming chart, garnering 20.2 million listens just last week. The track also broke into the top 15 on its general Hot 100 singles chart.

“The song is country trap. It’s not one, it’s not the other,” Lil Nas X told Time. “It’s both. It should be on both [charts].”

 

After Billboard gave him the boot, he caught the attention of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus (Miley Cyrus' dad) and got the country co-sign he needed. He hopped on the remix!

 

Next thing you know, the remix drops and everyone wants in...including Will Smith.

The actor - who's currently filming Bad Boys 3 with Martin Lawrence - hopped on Instagram to put his bid in to be in the video. He shared clips from his 1999 video for his "Wild Wild West" song with "Old Town Road" playing in the background.  Ha.

Check it:

 

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also got in on it:

 

 

Take a listen to the "Old Town Road" remix below:

We're sure it'll make it back on Billboard's Hot Country Songs list now. Hmph.

Here's the original track below:

With Billboard yanking the track off the country music charts, it only exposed the genre gatekeepers who continue to try and dictate what's considered "mainstream" in the music industry even though music has become so blended over the years. It's not as divided as it used to be, however, it seems the industry honchos are trying to keep it that way. Makes you wonder if Lil Nas X was a different race and released the same song would it have been taken off the country charts.

Peep this thread:

 

 

 

 

Photos: CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com/Lil Nas X's IG

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