Lil Nas X Talks The Success Of “Old Town Road” & More With ‘Teen Vogue’

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We love this kid!

With currently the Number 1 song in the country, Lil Nas X has solidified his spot in the music game with his hit single “Old Town Road.” Now the Atlanta, GA native fronts the latest issue of Teen Vogue magazine!

Check out what the superstar had to say about his rise to fame and more with the publication below:

On knowing he wanted to explore music: “At first, I was just bored, like, ‘Hey, Twitter, I made a song.’ But I’m like, ‘Wait, this is really hard.’ Then I made another one, and it didn’t make any noise. I was overtrying. A lot of it was me trying to be something that people would like instead of making music that I would like. Around my fifth song, the melodies and flows were coming to my head with no effort. I was like, ‘This is something I want to do.’”

On living with his sister before striking it big and what inspired “Old Town Road”: “Around this time, my sister was like, ‘It’s time to go.’ She has kids, too. It made sense,” he says about the shift that inspired the spirit of the hit song. “’Take my horse to the old town road and ride till I can’t no more’ basically means just running away, and everything is just gone. The horse is metaphorical for not having anything or just the little things that you do have, and it’s with you. The ‘old town road,’ that’s what I’m on now. It’s never-ending until you’re gone — till you can’t no more.”

On Billboard removing “Old Town Road” from the country charts: “I had this idea in mind at first, but then as I went on to think about it, I was like, Maybe because [the] country [music industry] is guarded,” he says. “You can have your country song with trap elements, but if it’s by known country artists, then it’s allowed. A black guy who raps comes along, and he’s on top of the country chart, it’s like, ‘What the f*ck?’”



Images: Camila Falquez for Teen Vogue