Lil Nas X Biography
Montero Lamar Hill, known professionally as Lil Nas X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his country rap single "Old Town Road", which initially achieved viral popularity from the "Yeehaw Challenge" on the social media app TikTok. Before "Old Town Road" and his eventual smash success, he independently released a mixtape titled "NASARATI" as well as various stand-alone songs to mediocre success. In December 2018, Lil Nas X released his break-out smash hit single "Old Town Road", alongside its visualizer, inspired by the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2". The track peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was controversially removed from the Hot Country Songs after debuting at number 19. On April 5, 2019, he released a remix of the song featuring vocals from fellow country artist Billy Ray Cyrus, which became the most famous version out of the five existent variations of "Old Town Road" and is Cyrus' biggest hit yet. Other remixes of this song include artists such as Diplo, Mason Ramsey, Young Thug and RM from K-pop boy band BTS. From April to August 2019, "Old Town Road", which credited Billy Ray Cyrus as a featured artist every week since its second frame at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100, spent a total of 19 weeks at #1, surpassing Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" as well as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" as the song with most weeks at the top of the chart. Lil Nas X released his debut extended play "7", featuring the aforementioned hit track and its Billy Ray Cyrus remix on June 21st. "7" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and stayed at that position for two consecutive weeks, despite only being an extended play. Apart from "Old Town Road", the EP spawned a hit track in the form of Nirvana-sampling follow-up single "Panini", which peaked at #5 in the USA and went platinum and gold in Australia and New Zealand respectively. It additionally reached #6 in Greece and #11 in Hungary and Estonia. The Cardi B-assisted non-single "Rodeo", debuted and peaked at #22 in the USA, landing Lil Nas X a moderate hit. In August 2019, Lil Nas X performed the track "Panini" at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, where "Old Town Road" won 2 awards, including "Song Of The Year", out of 8 nominations. This is Lil Nas X's first major award ever. The rapper will feature on a song titled "School Globes" from XXXTENTACION's upcoming posthumous album "Bad Vibes Forever", with a fall 2019 expected release date. He is set release his debut album, unnamed at the moment, in 2019.