Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ and the cultural significance of black country music

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Dom Flemons. Credit: Timothy Duffy.

The number one track on the Billboard Top 100 Chart right now is called Old Town Road with Lil Nas X.

He describes his song as country-trap, but not everyone agrees it’s country enough. Billboard quietly removed the song from their “Hot Country Songs” chart, saying, it “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music.” As a result the song has ended up at the center of a debate on race, the Nashville establishment and musical genres.