It’s been a huge day for Lil Nas X. His song “Old Town Road” is now the longest running Hot 100 #1 hip-hop single of all time (or is it a country song? We still don’t know), and the song is up for diamond certification, AND, on top of all that, he’s also just come out as gay.
Having already become a major symbol for the hip hop and black community as a trendsetter at only 20 years old, he’s now an icon for the LGBTQ community, as well.
As the NY Times points out, “Old Town Road” has become more than a hit, transcending to become a cultural phenomenon. As its chart and worldwide domination continues, along with the rest of his newly released 7 EP, Lil Nas X could be a massive force for change.
.@LilNasX's "Old Town Road" is now the longest running Hot 100 #1 hip-hop single of all time (13 weeks; passing "Lose Yourself", "Boom Boom Pow" and "See You Again").
— chart data (@chartdata) July 1, 2019
.@LilNasX & @billyraycyrus' "Old Town Road" is now eligible for Diamond in US (10,000,000 units: 1.04m digital sales and 1.38b streams),
It is the first song in history to surpass mark of 10m units sold in US while still standing at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
— SIGHT & SOUND (@SIGHTSOUNDco) June 30, 2019
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM
— nope (@LilNasX) June 30, 2019