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Infectious country-rap hit tops USA charts and sparks race debate

Infectious country-rap hit tops USA charts and sparks race debate

But, as Headline Planet explains, the airplay is thanks to something called the "syndication effect", in which a majority of spins can be attributed to radio shows that are syndicated over a multitude of stations.

"Old Town Road" is more than country and more than rap, even sampling Nine Inch Nails's "34 Ghosts IV" and earning band members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross their first credit on a No. 1 tune. Born Montero Hill, the rapper, who originally grew a following as a Twitter personality, released the country rap song "Old Town Road" in early December a year ago, and it began to climb up the charts after becoming a meme on the app TikTok. "Listening to other songs that's actually on that chart, it's like, wait a minute". I was thinking, what's not country about it? "What's the rudimentary element of a country and western song?"

This is especially true after the inclusion of Billy Ray Cyrus on the track, who essentially lent his talents to the track in order to justify its country-ness.

After giving Lil Nas X the feature, Billy Ray gave the Atlanta native words of advice, saying he is "a light in this world".

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"Old Town Road" and the "Old Town Road" remix are available on all streaming platforms. Based on mammoth interest in the original version, "Old Town Road" jumps fourteen places to #1 on this week's Hot 100.

Lil Nas X has hinted at future songs, and some wonder if he will continue down the Country Rap trail, but only time will tell.

But regardless of what Billboard thinks, "Old Town Road" is an incredibly catchy song, with fantastic vocal performances from both Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.