Lil Nas X on Beyoncé’s country success: “I wish this would have happened for me”

Lil Nas X has said that he wishes he could have had the success making country music like Beyoncé has had with her recent country album ‘Cowboy Carter’.

The artist’s breakthrough hit arrived in 2019 in the form of ‘Old Town Road’, which fused elements of country and trap. However, it was removed from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, because it did “not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current form”, sparking questions about whether this occurred because of his race.

However, Beyoncé was widely heralded earlier this year for her contributions to country on ‘Cowboy Carter’ while Shaboozey also enjoyed success this year with ‘A Bar Song (Tipsy)’.

In a new interview with the BBC, Hill said he was “happy” for these artists but added: “But I wish this would have happened for me. I wasn’t even able to experience this.”


Asked whether t provoked him to revisit the genre, the rapper said he had been “trying out some country [sounds] here and there over the last couple of years”.

“I want to feel connected to it and not force it,” he said.

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Earlier this month, Lil Nas X teamed up with Kevin Abstract for a sultry new collaboration, ‘Tennessee’

The former Brockhampton member has released his song featuring Lil Nas X after the pair previously teased the collaborating at Abstract’s Coachella set.

In the song, the pair rap about a lover who they met in Tennessee: “Meet him out in Tennessee / He don’t know his ancestry / Which is kinda hot to me / He loves me for me, me, for me, all of me”.

According to Consequence, Abstract said of Lil Nas X at Coachella that he was “very lucky to know him and to be existing at the same time as him.” The duo also previously attended the same high school in Georgia, though they didn’t know each other at the time.