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In an effort to purify and preserve the country music genre, Billboard has removed viral trap music hit "Old Town Road" by Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X.

Lil Nas X's fans are in an uproar over the rejection by Billboard, which defended their decision by pointing out that the song does not contain enough elements of country music.

Lil Nas X raps with a nasal twang, and the lyrics contain references to horses accompanied by banjo plucking. But the moment the bass track kicks in, it becomes apparent that "Old Town Road" is not your average country song.

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One listen and you will agree: the song may be catchy but it's not country.

The track debuted on the Billboard Hot County chart at No. 19 two weeks ago. It raced up the chart before Billboard snatched it down.

The song remains on the Hot 100 chart at No. 32.

"Upon further review, it was determined that 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts," Billboard clarified in a statement.

Billboard noted that, while the track features a banjo, it does not feature the other musical elements that distinguishes country music from a run of the mill pop or rap song.

"When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While 'Old Town Road' incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version."

Billboard left the door open for the song to reenter the country chart if it is remixed with folk style guitar strings in addition to the strumming banjo.

Country music fans call Lil Nas X's fans hypocrites because they are the first to call white or Hispanic artists "culture vultures" when they misappropriate Black music for profit.
 

  • Brooklyn23

    Uhm ok today's slow I see ?

  • Trace da Ace

    uummm.....welp....thats my que to exit....yall have a blessed weekend.....I'm gonna go take my babies to the park....its nice out.

    Later roses! *muah*

  • Mielle Downey

    I was just listening to that jam. Welp .

  • pure_rachet

    Lmao at that song!

  • sunni_daze

    I wish his name was more original.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    enjoy Trace!! Have a swing for me!!!

  • ATL White Guy

    That song is pretty catchy, but maybe that's because my country upbringing and Caucasian blood running through my veins.

  • TheCatLady

    If he says it's country, it's country. Sounds like it to me. Rap has let a bunch of nonrappers claim the genre, so what's fair is fair. Also, that hat cocked on the side of face looks exceptionally foolish.

  • Topic Influencer

    So Nelly can be on their white cracker ass cracker charts but this cat cant be? Well okay

  • ATL White Guy

    oh I thought he was in the hospital room because the wind blew the hat against his head and it embedded itself.

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    This is how culture is stolen. COUNTRY music is black. Derived from the blues and folk music. I'm all for my people reclaiming what is ours. Aint nothing but some rnb songs sang with a twang anyways.
    Y'all see how they try to be the gatekeepers yet the black ppl in music just give away the sound the style the standards to open up opportunities. Even letting vocally challenged mediocre "talents" do Motown tributes.

  • ATL White Guy

    It's all about the hat. Nelly wears his hat on top of his head vs on the side. Us cracker ass crackers have our principles.

  • RealATLPeach36

    It yet we forgive them.

    Also! Fix that damn hat boy

  • SeaBreeze

    "that hat cocked on the side of face looks exceptionally foolish."

    ..I died. (Please server Koolaid at my repass.) https://media2.giphy.com/media/NjevnbNiUmeLm/giphy.gif

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    But Shania songs and Taylor songs are considered country and pop. Allowed to be on both charts lol. And they were big mad when shania showed off her midriff but still kept her Canadian ass

  • tia

    Not anything that I would have on my playlist. Nevertheless, it's cool and not a bad cut. Those "sprites" know WE dominate in anything and everything we put our minds to and touch. THEY don't want us to be great...but THEY will never be able to stop us. Keep pushing 'lil brother!!

  • Jayde da Blade

    Im stuck on 1st line.. To purify and preserve...
    1. He is not dirty. He didnt dirty up anything
    2. He did not deteriorate the genre.
    Racism 101 in play here alive n well.

  • Raquel

    Well, Jennifer Lopez wasn't "soul" yet was still allowed to perform at the Motown celebration. *shrugs*

    Guess all others can sneak into our genre but we aren't allowed to infiltrate theirs? Interesting.

  • Guest

    Who??

  • Kimberly King

    NONE of the music genres originated with those dog-hunching ass psychos anyway.

  • xenaD

    Yoooo ?? I’m weak! Sounded country to me but that’s hilarious as hell ???

  • Tee Tee

    I Love it!
    I think it has a Country feel and the lyrics are dope. I wish Crackstation Films could've did the video for this it would've been dope to see the visuals *heads over to YouTube*

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Who are you referring to?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Rap lyrics talk about running trains on black womens doing drugs and killling and robbing people Country music has a lot more dignity than that

  • Cali

    Those lyrics???? it’s not like country music doesn’t have some silly lyrics though but the above are just?

  • Cali

    But who wrote to “purify and preserve”...is that from Billboard or Sandra?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Um .......... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1449b1ecaff7ae6819541709c7e6b5712fc7d62a486e33d64557b0108f829a30.gif What da problem is chile !!!!! Aye!!!!!!!!! Somebody put up Leornardo dancing .... hold up ???!!!!!! be ret back !!!!

  • Renee26

    ? I HOLLERED!!

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  • Renee26

    Modern day country has incorporated the base drop and sounds a lot different than it used to but they still make the chart.

    Let me hit play before I say it's foolishness

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  • Chocolate Bliss

    Country music was created by black people. White people stole it like they stole everything else from us. Rock and Roll came from us, blues, Jazz Rap, Rhythm and blues. They stole alllll of it. By the way this song is dope to me.

  • Chocolate Bliss

    They steal everything!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Li-Wright

    There are other streaming services he can use. He can even put up a website (like other artists) and stream from his site.

  • Li-Wright

    I like country music. It's one of the few genres that has LYRICS you can understand. Sometimes the songs are tooo slow and too corney, but at least I understand what they're saying.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm sure if some white dude (like Bubba Sparxx or Post Malone) had done this exact same song the exact same way, they would have kept it the way it was, classified as "country".

  • Yup, I said it

    We have southern rap, it used to be called that dirty South music, like "Awanaw" by nappy roots. Its not Country Music per CMT standards because they don't even like the pop country like Taylor Swift. but who cares if it doesn't fall under country charts. Darius Rucker and Charlie Pride can have it.

  • Keyshia Ray

    Yea it does feel that way

  • Yup, I said it

    Hell we got Spanish rappers like Cardi B and Australin Rapper like Iggy Azelia winning BET awards and black women be stanning hard af for Cardi too. We are the only race that will give someone else an award for culturally appropriating our shit.

  • Kanyade

    LOL

  • Kanyade

    haven't seen the film. is it really him or is there some photoshoppery going on? lol

  • Rainbowbelow

    That's really him?

  • Kanyade

    I bet my kin play this song (and others like it) at their horse rides.

  • Kanyade

    Lord have mercy LOL

  • Yup, I said it

    Country is based off of Scott-Irish folk music.

  • EMILY POST

    Are the people really outraged????
    That’s what the music industry does all the time... if they really cared about that stuff they would be infuriated how black women have been getting treated for “Decades” ... they are disrespected by everybody including their own men. So what Country trying to keep their ish white what’s new..... blacks are the only idiots who sold and constantly sell their culture and their people out for interracial sex ... cause it’s a rarity those fools even own their own “masters” of the shit they created.. they want to have white people buying their records lol... they let the record companies convince them that selling out their culture was okay...You can’t be mad at country they probably looked at R& B and said F that!

  • Renee26

    Yeah....it's country

  • Mielle Downey

    All the black sheep stans for the rainbow coalition who culturally appropriate thier music. You let them so what is the problem? Why complain when white people say no they ain't trying to have you come in and own they shit. Go clean up your own cupboards and stop stanning for the colonizers. Support your kin folk and stop letting the white people in the industry validate you. Our contribution to popular music is and will be great with out them. They took over blues and turned it into country. They took over rock and turned it into hard rock. They tried to take over r N b and they are trying to take over hip hop. So lick them out or shut up.

  • Yup, I said it

    Black people out here chasing "exoticals" like its going out of style. Of course they cant understand when other races like their own race and don't wanna blend shit, music included.

  • Mielle Downey

    Eff the colonizers and thier bull. They cant breathe with out us creating something for them to take a breath to .

  • JustB

    But Taylor and Miley were labeled as country...my eyes didn't hear country in that either...js

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  • Kayke

    I’d say Americana music is based off that, not country.

  • EMILY POST

    Exactly..... self hate with a camera and a microphone included is the entertainment industry...

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  • EMILY POST

    Lol they giving out awards for broads pretending to be them like they on broadway... performing....

  • EMILY POST

    Let Darius Rucker deal with that! Lol

  • jujumanji

    You lost me at Lil Nas ....nope

  • Keekz

    Preach!! they're protecting what they stole. #ADOS should try doing the same.

  • Renee Bee

    Lawd! Let him live. He will bring some juice to those dry and crusty award shows.
    I guess folks still big mad when Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks slated Daddy's Lessons at the CMAs in 2016.

    https://youtu.be/GubUoEhQupU

  • Yup, I said it

    Look up the genre and you will see it was based off the music of the Appalachian Mountains. That's why it's refered to as "hillbilly" music. If you go a little bit further into researching you will also see that the Scotts-Irish were who populated Appalachia.

  • bemetoo

    Country music said fawk that we already got a tattooed half breed Infiltrating country music we don’t need a full black trying to take over

  • Yup, I said it

    He will be another Daniel Ceasear, get put,on by black people and then turn his nose up once we force Country to accept him. Stay out of those white people faces please.

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  • Yup, I said it

    They sho"'ll did. I wish black people were exclusive about our stuff. We just love up on other cultures while,they discriminate against us. The hispanics and Australians are known to be some races sumofabitches but yet we taking their rejects like Cardi B and Iggy and making them millionaires off of our talented producers, stylist, choreographers, designers and silly ass stans.

  • Kimberly King

    They do. I wish they would go back to Europe and stay there.

  • butterscotch

    Black people started country music, but ok steal that just Like the blues and Rock n roll and call it this. R n b and rap is on the same road to being erased from blacks

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I think so.

  • Lorna

    You'll notice these same standards of 'purity' have never been upheld for one-drop-of-swag-makes-it-rap/hip hop.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    FOH!! THAT'S NOT COUNTRY... THAT'S SOME TRASH THIS LIL NON REPRRSENTING BOOGER CHILD WROTE. I DON'T BLAME BILLBOARD.. THE LYRICS ARE JUST GARBAGE . Negroes will defend anything... ALWAYS COMPARING SCHIT TO WHAT OTHERS DO... LOOK AT THIS FOOL... BYE!

  • Yup, I said it

    Black people did not start country music. Please research that.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Black folks will welcome a Mississippi bullfrog sitting on hollow stump if it will bring in some MONEY... Will sell their souls. Their is no loyalty!

  • Nina Ross

    They didn’t allow ‘daddy lessons’ by Beyoncé on the country charts either... just another form of white supremacy

  • Scorpio

    Why is his hat on the side of his head?

  • CookieMobster

    MAN THIS SONG IS MY JAAAAAM!! I done told y'all a billion times that I'm country as SH!t. My son turned me on to this song. I thought it was gonna be some of that ole mumble rap shit this youngins be listening too. He said cowboy hat from Gucci Wrangler on my booty and I like to died. It is a real short song though and I was sad because there wasn't at LEAST one other verse. You got to listen to YUP on my tractor too. Its by a rapper but he is janking on whypeepole. Its still funny though!!!

  • Wile E. Coli

    And why is he in .. a hospital bed?

  • Wile E. Coli

    Those are the dumbest lyrics. What a moron.

  • Wile E. Coli

    Yeah.. those Irish, Scottish black folks were all over country music.. LOFL.

  • CookieMobster

    Lol!! I don't think that is what this is. I don't think this is a country music song, but it is about country stuff. Obviously you aren't from the south. In my town black folks ride horses and live on farms and shit too. It ain't nothing to see a gang of black cowboys walking in Wal-Mart .They aren't trying to be anybody but themselves and do what they think is cool. And only a black person would have a Gucci cowboy hat and wranglers on. Lol. This is the JAM!!!!! Its my new fav, and I'm old skool.

  • bemetoo

    So true

  • CookieMobster

    I think I have to disagree with you this time Mr. James. Colt Ford yes, bubba and post.... NOPE

  • Logan Roberts

    I love a good beat.....but nah this is not a country song Sir. The lyrics had me ?

  • McKay

    I really enjoyed this song. I can't actually understand what this young man is saying. While listening to it my 13 yr old walks over to see who I'm listening to. Guess, my teenager enjoyed it as much as I did. ??

    BTW, he's still singing the song. Lolol

  • Cali

    ?

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    black folk want country music back so back

  • Patricia

    true. black folks enjoy themselves some country western style everything like anybody else.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Auntie I'd not know half of these people if it wasn't for you. ? it wasn't that bad compared to some of the 5 songs they only play all day

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I couldn't get past 1 minute. That song is trash.

  • dontgetblocked

    That sounds like a country song to me. I don't normally like country but I like this song. They need to stop acting like black folks don't listen to country. My grandparents loved them some banjo music.

  • dontgetblocked

    Auntie, you don't have country roots like some of us. This is a good ole country song with a little beat to it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Country music fans beg to differ with you.

  • dontgetblocked

    A majority of us migrating from the South. We worked farms and plantations. Black people like country music and I agree that this song is good.

  • My Thoughts

    ???.... I think I agree as well. The first 15 seconds were cool then it went down hill.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    This is my soooonnngggg!

  • TheCatLady

    This!

  • Overpower Radio

    You might also take one listen to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" and know that it's not an R&B/Hip Hop song, so let's find out why Billboard didn't pull Sam Smith off the R&B charts.

  • the guest

    Speak!

    And Adele is adult contemporary not R&B.

  • the guest

    This is a COUNTRY SONG.

    There can be a RAP GENRE in COUNTRY MUSIC.

  • CookieMobster

    I am a country music fan, old country that is, but it kinda hurt my country heart that you don't like this. But, you are from jolly ole England so... You gets a pass from me. https://media1.giphy.com/media/DyXF5bW3sTMaI/giphy.gif

  • Overpower Radio

    Adele and Sam Smith both are adult contemporary/easy listening, but if you look at the Billboard charts they try to appropriate them as soul/R&B.

    I could care less about a country music chart. The fact that they disqualified him in it, while forging their signature (white) artists under categories they don't apply to is them spitting on our culture, unapologetically.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Folks just all up and defending this clown.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Foolish and ignorance

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  • Anji

    Nope.

  • Kay J

    He looks and sounds STUPID! Go retire in a corner somewhere please.

  • Anji

    Compton must be New South cause we been had Cowboys and bullriders too in The Farms. IJS

  • Anji

    Country usually has a clear, melodic line. This on that atonal line with little variance. I love country. Black folk been country. This a hybrid. Nope.

  • Anji

    No. However, it was birthed by both during the same era.

  • Anji

    None? I thought you were a teacher.

  • CookieMobster

    Down vote... ?

  • Yup, I said it

    Do you understand how old Irish culture is? Its at least 12,000 yrs old. America (African American) was born in 1776. Irish folk and Scottish folk music existed thousands of years before black America, and their folks songs from the 1600's are some the Country music beloved Classics remakes. Yes African American history is rich however it is very young (300 yr old) and its ignorant to act like music didn't exist until black american culture.

  • B.Loveitt

    Shyt we're the reason country music exist and why it evolved. This is BS this kid is black and that 150 millions+ just chapped their white ass hides.

  • Yup, I said it

    Black people didnt create country music. You just made that up. Even black music history doesn't claim roots in Country music. This is why people like to discredit and dismiss us because a few, spew out ignorance and they cant be taken seriously.

  • Phillybruh

    Sounds country too me

  • Jayde da Blade

    Im not sure who wrote it..
    But i sure didnt like it.
    Off top first line
    Rubbed me wrong.

  • Jayde da Blade

    Please contribute positively or not at all...

  • Wile E. Coli

    They look like they were written by a 5 year old.

  • Yup, I said it

    And he needs to get some moisturizer in that hair and then dry soup cooler lips.

  • noluvlost

    They be damned if they let a nigga cross over to country. Shit sound country to me ?????

  • KcoolMuziq

    They let Nelly(whom I worked with) in. Why not Lil Nas X?

  • davine puddin

    I guess they dont want him stepping on jason aldean or nelly thunder. This sound more country than Chillin on a Dirt Road. This young man song sound between honkey tonk and country. Well they need to create a country pop or country rap category.

  • davine puddin

    Ha than you will die listening to a song called country girl shake it for me. Its their country twerk song

  • Eileen

    He looking kinda effeminate..the world of country does not want their industry sullied by this...anyway I am going shopping with my daw-ter

  • Kimberly King

    Yes none. I never give credit to whites because they’ve never created sh*t outside of diseases and drugs. I hope you don’t believe country music started with them. Lol I used to teach high school math, but now I teach Calculus 2 and 3 in college if you must know.

  • chaisun

    These white People will never acknowledge and admit that they’ve created no music genre. Country music was hyjacked by those devils but denial deflection are standards set by them in order to ignore the truth.

  • HeaVen Sent

    Where did you slither over from TMZ or storm front hmmm??

  • Yup, I said it

    The same place you slithered from.

  • HeaVen Sent

    You thought of that comeback all by your wittle self did you.???

  • butterscotch

    Clearly you need to research country music origin

  • Shira Harding-James

    Oh ok Beyoncé’s song didn’t have enough country elements as well but it charted and she performed the song on the country music awards

  • Yup, I said it

    Why yes, I did. I was too distracted by that dry ass Jeri curled little piece of hair in your profile pic. I thought it was Michael Jackson at first but I realized Michael Jheri Curl was never dry and he also didnt have a big raisin looking mole on his face either. I hope that's not you in that picture.

  • Grace Turner

    Meanwhile while everybody can get into Rap and R and B music!

  • HaitianFlower

    THIS!!!!

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    I low key listen to country music and its plenty country songs that have added rap elements to songs why is this different?

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  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    If it's derived from black music it's black my child. Those instruments used were stakes in our music. We didn't invent what's known as this current rock and roll but guess what...that's black music too child. Go read some more.

  • ShWa

    You know why, because he is black that's why.....

  • ShWa

    They scared of black people taking over and doing it 10x's better that's what that is ......

  • Yup, I said it

    Please educate me ,Sensi. What instruments do they use in country music? Do you mean the guitars? Maybe your talking about the banjos? Black people create the banjo? The scrub boards or the spoons? Maybe your referring to the harmonica and the accordian? Hell, why your making up,history you might as well claim the bagpipes too. No point in using facts when your trying prove a point, just keep spouting out lies making and imaginary statements, simple folks love fake news and will believe it.

  • JENNYJONES1

    WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY NELLI IS ON TOUR OR ON SHOWS WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRY ARTIST........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    YOU MUST HAVE NEVER HEARD THE LYRICS OF COUNTRY MUSIC..........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    THEY WANNA KEEP COUNTRY MUSIC 99.999999% WHITE. AND THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO BE GOLF OR TENNIS.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • JENNYJONES1

    WHITES LOVE TO TAKE OVER OUR MUSIC AND CULTURE BUT AREN'T COOL WITH BLACKS COMING INTO THEIR MUSIC I.E. HARD ROCK, COUNRTY, GRUNGE, OPERA. NO MA'AM!!!!........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Anji

    I'm an ethnomusicologist and trained classical pianist. I am also a bala player and research history of every culture's music, rhythms and dance. While we have several noted Black classical composers, whites have a few genres they have created. Good day

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    Literally proved my point grasshopper.

  • Yup, I said it

    Proven that your foolish and silly ?and since your probably the type that like to get the last word ( bc thats what silly people do) I'm gonna block you because anything you type would just kill off brain cells because it will be stupid ad.

  • Kimberly King

    Girl I didn’t ask your corny ass what you do for a living.

  • Sircaput

    I love country music and I think this song is pretty cool and sound decent enough to be on the charts, it has all the elements to be a country song.

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