The 20-year-old rapper, born Montero Lamar Hill, took Gayle King to the Atlanta studio where he paid $50 to record “Old Town Road.” Additionally, Lil Nas X returned to his former high school for a surprise performance.
Student reactions to the visit ranged from cheers to cries.
“I definitely felt like some kind of hero,” Lil Nas X said about his return to the school where he was still a student only two years ago.
Also in the interview, Lil Nas X opened up about the challenges he faced with his decision to come out as a gay man after he’d become famous (Variety published a story on that segment yesterday).
Released in Feb. 2019, “Old Town Road” originally began as a internet meme on the video sharing app TikTok. From internet popularity, the hit reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remained there for 19 weeks. “Old Town Road” went on to beat the record set by Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” for most weeks at No. 1.