Lil Nas X: Compares His Country Music To Beyoncé & Shaboozey

Lil Nas X Speaks On His Country Music Success In Comparison To Beyoncé And Shaboozey

Lil Nas X is here for Beyoncé and Shaboozey making their mark in country music! But he reportedly wishes he could’ve had the same opportunity. The ‘Old Town Road’ artist shared these sentiments in a recently released BBC interview.

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Lil Nas X Shares His Country Genre Thoughts

Five years after dropping ‘Old Town Road,’ the song remains Lil Nas X’s most memorable hit. To this day, the remix featuring Bill Ray Cyrus is still the longest-running number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, with 19 weeks reigning, per Business Insider.

The song’s rap elements caused chaotic conversations back in 2019, and Billboard even removed it from the country charts because it didn’t “embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current form.” 

Lil Nas X told BBC he’s “happy” for Beyoncé and Shaboozey’s success in the country genre but wishes he experienced the same.

“…I wish this would have happened for me. I wasn’t even able to experience this,” Nas X said.

As for reverting to country music only, Lil Nas X revealed he’s been testing out relevant sounds in the last few years. However, he added that he wants to feel “connected” and “not force it.”

It’s worth noting that following the release of ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X made a hard pivot regarding his public image and sound. His seemingly Devil-inspired graphics and lyrics, especially in his album ‘Montero,’ and promotional stunts have caused many controversial takes in the last few years.

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Context On Beyoncé & Shaboozey’s In The Country Space

As previously reported, Bey has been making history in the genre ahead and following the release of ‘Cowboy Carter.’ Though the album has country influence, the superstar previously clarified that it’s a “Beyoncé album” rather than simply a country one.

“The criticisms I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to propel past the limitations that were put on me. act ii is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work,” Queen Bey said.

Still, the album earned her the honor of being the first Black woman to come in at No.1 on Billboard’s Top County Albums chart, per CNN. She also topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for the eighth time in her career.

Before the album’s release in February, the single ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ earned Bey her first No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

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As for Shaboozey, he’s a Black country, hip-hop artist who’s all the rave on social media right now! His latest single, ‘A Bar Song (Tipsy),’ recently peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on May 11. In April, he earned the No. 1 slot on the Emerging Artists chart because of his single.

His album, ‘Where I’ve Been Isn’t Where I’m Going’, is reportedly set to drop on May 31.

Outside of this personal hit, Shaboozey also caught a lil’ viral boost following the release of ‘Cowboy Carter.’ He is featured on two of Beyoncé’s songs, ‘Spaghettii’ and ‘Sweet *Honey* Buckiin,’ which peaked at spots No. 31 and 61 on the Hot 100 chart, respectively, in April.

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