Does "Old Town Road" deserve to get the boot from Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart?
The viral sensation best known as Lil Nas X has been removed from his perch atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. After the glitch in their system, Billboard relegated X's "Old Town Road" to a place on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and other general charts where it arguably belongs. The reason for its dismissal is readily apparent to the country stronghold: it's a hip-hop song in a cowboy's outfit.
"Old Town Road" rose to number one on the Country chart because of the song's visual theme, as depicted in the original YouTube upload containing footage from Red Dead Redemption 2, but none of the twang associated with the genre.
Upon his signing with Columbia Records, it was discovered that Lil Nas X is in fact an ardent Nicki Minaj who once ran a fan page in her honor, while he was still going to music school.
A source close to the situation feels that X's omission within the Country genre is racially motivated. “When do we get to the point where [black artists] can be accepted and played on other formats?” the plug tells Rolling Stone Magazine. "That’s still the question." Lil Nas X declined the opportunity to comment on his omission. How do you feel about the edict?