Hip-Hop has come to the defense of Lil Nas X, whose song “Old Town Road” hit the Billboard Hot 100, the song was featured on Red Dead 2 video game and ultimately ended up on the Country chart.
The song didn’t stay on the Country chart for long as it was pulled from the chart with Billboard issuing a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine.
“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.”
Ski Mask, The Slump God tweeted that he would sue if it had happened to him, Joe Budden also spoke out about artists allowing the industry to categorize them. 9th Wonder drew a clear double standard with his tweet, “So many artists end up on the Billboard Charts as “Hip-Hop”, and if we don’t accept it we don’t want the genre to grow, and we are purists and stuck in our ways, but they kick homie off the country charts tho, because it’s not country to “them”....Got it."
Should Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” be considered for the Country genre? Why or why not?