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Thus far, it can be argued that 2019 has been the year of Lil Nas X, if only based on the record setting success of “Old Town Road.” When you add that he voluntarily revealed his sexuality at the top of the arch, the 21 year old has propelled himself to pop culture stardom in a matter of months.

Jump to his appearance on HBO’s talk show The Shop: Interrupted, where he was quizzed about his decision to come out as a homosexual. Despite the question being rather insensitive, especially from host Paul Rivera, X did a great job of staying classy and making his responses both assertive and respectful.

Commenting on why he came out X said, “It’s not like being forced (to come out), it’s just that growing up (I’m meant to) hate this stuff (homosexuality).

Kevin Hart who was one of the guests on the show, and one who may be overly sensitive because he’s had his own trouble with the subject in his past, questioned what he was referring to.  Lil Nas countered with by saying, “Homosexuality, gay people. Come on now, if you’re really from the hood, you know.” There’s a lot of tension around this subject for some folks and it came to the surface a couple days ago on HBO.  The entire interview has been released and can be found on HBO.

Slime, music, laughs, and awards: these are the words that sum up this years 2019 Kids Choice Awards which wrapped up this past weekend. There were lots of awards handed out, with Avengers End game getting a ton of love from the voters. Check out the complete list of awards and the winners of this years Teen Choice Awards. Choice Drama Movie After Choice Drama Movie Actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin – After Choice Drama Movie Actress Josephine Langford – After Choice Comedy Movie Crazy Rich Asians Choice Comedy Movie Actor Noah Centineo – The Perfect Date Choice Comedy Movie Actress Laura Marano – The Perfect Date Choice Summer Movie Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actor Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Summer Movie Actress Zendaya – Spider-Man: Far From Home Choice Movie Villain Josh Brolin – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actor Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame Choice Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Endgame Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Will Smith – Aladdin Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress Naomi Scott – Aladdin Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Drama TV Actress Lili Reinhart – Riverdale Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Shadowhunters Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Jared Padalecki – Supernatural Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Katherine McNamara – Shadowhunters Choice Action TV Show MacGyver Choice Action TV Actor Stephen Amell – Arrow Choice Action TV Actress Gabrielle Union – L.A.’s Finest Choice Comedy TV Show The Big Bang Theory Choice Comedy TV Actress Nina Dobrev – Fam Choice TV Villain Cameron Monaghan – Gotham Choice Ship Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – Riverdale Choice Summer TV Show Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actor Noah Schnapp — Stranger Things Choice Summer TV Actress Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things Choice Reality TV Show America’s Got Talent Choice Throwback TV Show Friends Choice Comedian Ethan & Grayson Dolan Choice Male Athlete Stephen Curry Choice Female Athlete Serena Williams Choice Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Choice Music Group Why Don’t We Choice Country Artist Dan + Shay Choice Latin Artist CNCO Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Cardi B Choice Rock Artist Panic! At The Disco Choice Song: Female Artist Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations” Choice Song: Male Artist Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us” Choice Song: Group Blackpink – “DDU-DU DDU-DU” Choice Pop Song Ariana Grande – “Thank u, next” Choice Country Song Dan + Shay – “Speechless” Choice Song From a Movie Zayn & Zhavia Ward, Aladdin – “A Whole New World (End Title)” Choice Electronic/Dance Song Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” Choice Latin Song CNCO – “Pretend” Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]” Choice Rock Song Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Choice Summer Female Artist Halsey Choice Summer Male Artist Shawn Mendes Choice Summer Group Jonas Brothers Choice Summer Tour BTS – BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour Choice YouTuber Sam and Colby Choice Social Star Noah Centineo Choice Female Web Star Emma Chamberlain Choice Male Web Star David Dobrik Choice Comedy Web Star The Dolan Twins Choice Music Web Star Annie LeBlanc Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star Hannah Meloche Choice Gamer PewDiePie
Rapper Jermaine Dupri of So So Def has beef with Lil Nas X, we’re just not exactly sure why. We know that recently Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” broke the record of 16 weeks straight on top of the Billboard chart that was held Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day.” The Lil Nas X song now has owned the top slot for 18 straight weeks. On Wednesday, Dupri took to Twitter with a blast, “No!! You can’t sit with us. Go sit over there and based on the stats and this chart @mariahcarey is the greatest songwriter in history.” We’re not sure if Dupri just got done watching Mean Girls, if he was having a bad day or if he just wanted to show some love to Carey who he has collaborated with several times – most notably on “Always Be My Baby” back in ‘95.  Meanwhile, in a show of graciousness, Mariah gave X a ton of props when he broke her record, so why is Dupri so salty?
In a recent interview the instant star commented on earlier days by saying “A lot of the stuff I used to do years before would sometimes go too far. I know I have a platform now, so there’s more of a need to make sure nothing is hurtful or too crazy.” With that statement, the 20 year old displays great insight and introspection. His advice would benefit all of us as we use our social media accounts. Use them for positivity and for helping others. X has certainly had to take his fair share of backlash after his sexuality announcement in June, but he’s applying his positive mentality to understand and forgive. Just check out some of his tweets in response to harsh Twitter comments to see the positive, fun-loving approach he has taken.

In the age of collaboration, even presidential candidates want to jump on the wagon.  South Bend’s gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg, saw an opportunity when Lil Nas X came out as gay at the end of Pride Month.  X is gay and he’s got a hit.  Buttigieg wanted in.  It makes even more sense when you see the list of X’s collaborators; Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, BTS and Dolly Parton.  But Lil Nas X wasn’t having any of it. While he is not personally opposed to Pete Buttigieg, he said he doesn’t want to be seen as supporting any particular Presidential candidate, even if he’s a gay comrade.

It was all supposed to happen at an Internet Live event on July 25th.  But after Mayor Pete heard X wasn’t attending the event, he decided to not attend either. “Old Time Road” has been on Rolling Stone’s top 100 chart for 20 weeks.  That’s the kind of accomplishment that attracts attention. 

If you have been following along with us this summer, you know that Lil Nas X, week after week, has had his name in the middle of something popular.  It has all been driven by his giant summer hit “Old Town Road,” which has been staring down at the competition for over four months.  Now with it’s 17th week atop the list, it surpasses Mariah Carey’s 1995 hit “One Sweet Day” for the longest time spent on the Billboard top 100 list. Pretty wild when you think about how quickly all this has transpired for the young country singing rapper.

Mariah handled the situation with class and respect. Holding the record for nearly 25 years, she put up an Instagram post that showed her with a torch passing it to Lil Nas X in front of a Billboard backdrop. The post’s opening line reads “Sending  love and congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history!” Well said, very gracious. Summer 2019 belongs to Lil Nas X.  

Lil Nas X is being sued $25 million over Carry On, a song he released before Old Time Road. A company called The Music Force claims to own the copyright of a song titled “Carry On” by Bobby Caldwell. The company also says that Lil Nas X’s song Carry On hijacked parts of this Caldwell song from the 1980s.

Lil Nas is signed with Sony Music. The Music Force is suing Sony Music along with Lil Nas. The Music Force wants $10 million in damages to “remedy the confusion in the marketplace” and $15 million in punitive damages. Sony Music certainly has the financial power to put up a good fight in court.

Lil Nas X’s country/rap hit Old Town Road has been looking down at ALL the other songs on the Billboard Top 100 for almost four months now. When you think about how long that is to remain the most popular of the most popular, it’s truly remarkable. Adding to the legacy of the song, a new remix was released featuring rap artist Young Thug, and yodeling icon, young Mason Ramsey.

One must remember Mason Ramsey even his name is not household. He’s the yodeling kid … THE yodeling kid. Check him out on youtube if you need a refresher. Anyhow, he’s on there, and while he isn’t yodeling, he lays down a smooth verse as the last of the quartet to feature on the new remix. Don’t expect this to be the last time the young and talented Mason Ramsey features on a popular song, and EXPECT Old Town Road to continue to crush the charts after this release.

Young Thug’s verse is par for the course with a traditional Young Thug feature, and he goes on to sing the “Can’t nobody tell me nothing” hook at the end. The bigger news about Young Thug however was his comments on Lil Nas X’s decision to reveal his sexuality.

In an interview on Jumper, Young Thug said he thought X’s decision to come out during Gay Pride Month was a “G’s Move”. While ultimately it was all support and love, Thug said he felt X maybe shouldn’t have revealed his sexuality just yet. Paraphrasing the rappers comments, his point was essentially that people (especially in the rap community) are going to be now more worried about the fact that X is gay than the content and quality of his music.

Do you agree with Young Thug, and have you heard the newest Old Town Road Remix?

Check out the new remix here which features a very cool animated emoji video to go along with it. 

More Lil Nas X news as the young sensation continues to make headlines this summer, and this time it’s in the kitchen.

Fresh off his new release of the “7” EP, hit song Panini has attracted the likes of Gordon Ramsay to, well, teach Lil Nas X how to make a panini of course. X claimed he had never made one before, and in the video it showed. He was incredibly awkward in the kitchen giving way to Ramsay to show him the ropes.

Sauce, meat, cheese, and extras were all in the mix as the panini’s were thrown on the griddle, and the pair hoped their panini’s wouldn’t be a meanie. Fortunately, they were not, as they came out perfectly toasted. To add a little flare to the mix, Lil Nas X cut his open with an axe. Yes, a beautiful stainless steel axe. All in all this was a great publicity stunt for the master chef / entertainer Gordon Ramsay, while X learned a thing or two about the heat in the kitchen.


Check out the video of the two in the kitchen here. What’s next for Lil Nas X? Drop a note below and share your thoughts.

June was a big month for Lil Nas X — he released his first EP, his hit Old Town Road reached 14 weeks straight at #1 on the charts, and to cap it all off, he got a monkey off his back that was likely there for quite some time. June is also gay pride month, and that proverbial monkey was in fact the news that Lil Nas X is gay, and he announced it in a rather laid back and casual way.

Taking to social media as he often does, Lil Nas X through a series of tweets revealed and confirmed his sexuality several times using humor, wit, and sarcasm. It was a tweet on Sunday that was the groundbreaker and has over 500K likes and 100K retweets.

It read:

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. But before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.” The tweet was followed by a rainbow emoji, and starface emoji’s.

After seeing the tweet and going back to read the lyrics of C7osure (off of “7” his EP) it became very clear the song is 100% about his battle and need to come out of the closet — for closure of course!

Back to twitter, Lil Nas X took any jokes or slanderous comments as exactly that, and instead of trying to fight them, he embraced them, and made jokes of the jokes and slander of the slander.

“Dead*ss thought I made it obvious” he tweeted while posting the cover of his EP and focusing in on one of the large buildings in the background that was rainbow colored. He’d then go on to say “Just because I’m gay dont mean I’m not straight”. Finally to clear everything up, he let twitter know that “Old town road is literally about horses”.

Lil Nas X has to be given a lot of credit for the manner in which he conducted himself through a very challenging moment in his young life. He wasn’t seeking attention, praise, or glorification, but rather just the freedom and relief of the world knowing who he truly is. He did so with grace, humor, and respect for others opinions. The only question about Lil Nas X that should be asked now is, what music is next for the young up-and-coming artist.