Lil Nas X
Montero Lamar Hill, known professionally as Lil Nas X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his country rap single "Old Town Road", which initially achieved viral popularity from the "Yeehaw Challenge" on the social media app TikTok. Before "Old Town Road" and his eventual smash success, he independently released a mixtape titled "NASARATI" as well as various stand-alone songs to mediocre success, primarily driven by his then-active mildly popular Nicki Minaj Twitter "stan" account known as @nasmaraj. Later on the account was suspended and Lil Nas X created a new account named @nasmarai. Despite all evidence pointing towards Lil Nas X owning the @nasmaraj and @nasmarai accounts, he has profoundly denied the association. The reason for this could be a series of tweets posted on the former of these accounts that were deemed islamophobic. In December 2018, Lil Nas X released his break-out smash hit single "Old Town Road", alongside its visualizer, inspired by the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2". The track peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was controversially removed from the Hot Country Songs after debuting at number 19. On April 5, 2019, he released a remix of the song featuring vocals from fellow country artist Billy Ray Cyrus, which became the most famous version out of the five existent variations of "Old Town Road" and is Cyrus' biggest hit yet. Other remixes of this song include artists such as Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Young Thug and RM from K-pop boy band BTS. Lil Nas X has also teased new remixes of the track alongside artists such as Dolly Parton, Megan Thee Stallion and Mariah Carey although it could be an instance where the rapper is "trolling" his Internet following. "Old Town Road", which credited Billy Ray Cyrus as a featured artist every week since its second frame at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100, has spent a total of 16 weeks at #1, tying Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" as well as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" as the song with most weeks at the top of the chart. Lil Nas X released his debut extended play "7", featuring the aforementioned hit track and its Billy Ray Cyrus remix on June 21st. "7" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed at that position for two consecutive weeks, despite only being an extended play. Apart from "Old Town Road", the EP spawned two moderate hit tracks in the form of follow-up single "Panini" and the Cardi B-assisted "Rodeo", which charted at #16 and #22, despite both not having music videos and the latter not being a single. Lil Nas X will release his debut album, unnamed at the moment, in 2019. Read more on Last.fm.