– Go off. – If it were up to him,
he’d do ten more remixes. ♪ (industrial intro) ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse ♪ – Okay, which of the 17
versions is it? – [Bleep], man.
I’m like, listen, you can only remix the song once. – There are so many remixes. – Oh yeah, he did it
with BTS. Oh my God. ♪ Ride ’til I can’t no more ♪ – He’s literally riding this
until he can’t any more. ♪ Ride ’til I can’t no more
I got the horses in the back ♪ – It’s fun every time, though. ♪ Hat is matte black
Got the boots ♪ ♪ That’s black to match
Riding on a horse ♪ – I mean, it still bangs.
I still wanna… – The beat’s really good. – It’s been number one
for so long, too. ♪ Homies in my bag
Have you heard of that? ♪ – I don’t think I’ve heard
this version even. ♪ Riding to the farm
grabbing all the corn ♪ ♪ We gon’ get your money
with my homie in the back ♪ – Okay, interesting.
I’m conflicted because I’m a little over it,
but at the same time, I’m so happy for Lil Nas
and his success. – This song’s been around
for a cool minute now and it went from–
it was kinda funny and then people just
actually liked the song and now it’s kinda funny
again because he just keeps releasing remixes. – The more he remixes it
and different things that he does to it,
it’s just funny, ’cause it’s this ongoing joke. – (FBE) So, we’re gonna be
showing you a bunch more videos and remixes in a second,
but that was Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road,
Seoul Town Road remix that features RM of BTS.
– I also love that it’s called Seoul Town Road. – Oh [bleep].
God, he’s got such an eclectic group of artists
to sing this song with him. It’s incredible. – (FBE) This week, Old Town Road
Remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus broke the Billboard Hot 100
record. – Yes, I saw that. – (FBE) Spending an unprecedented
17 weeks as the number one song in the country.
– Wow. The song was kind of a joke
to begin with and he’s fully just gone into it
and I think that’s what I respect the most out of him. – That’s a huge record broken.
I gotta give it– there’s mad respect right there. – (FBE) To celebrate the milestone,
we wanna take a look back at how Lil Nas X achieved this
with a medley of the various remixes and recuts of the song,
starting with the most recent after Seoul Town Road
and going back to the original. – Hell yeah, as long as I get
to hear the Mason Ramsey one. – I know it’s still not gonna
be done for a while, either, so welcome to my hell. – All right.
Of the ones I’ve heard, my favorite one is the
Billy Ray Cyrus one. I just think that’s
the best one. ♪ To the old town road
I’m gonna ride ♪ – Billy Ray Cyrus
was just the best fit for this song. ♪ Cross town
living like a rock star ♪ – Oh, it’s Rico Nasty. ♪ My brand new guitar ♪ – I feel like this is going
to be so many people’s Halloween costumes this year. – Come on, Diplo. ♪ Got no stress
I’ve been through all that ♪ – They’re both completely
different genres, but this is banging. – I didn’t think Billy Ray Cyrus
would ever be this culturally relevant again,
but good for him. – I feel like any time
this is on, I have to sing along regardless of how tired
I am of it. – Young Thug and Mason Ramsey.
Two names you never thought you’d see
on a hit together. – Oh wait, what was this?
An Area 51 video. – Internet culture
is just meshing. I love this. – Ah, he looks fab
even in cartoon. – ♪ Something ♪
I used to be obsessed with Mason Ramsey. – Yeah, this kid is my favorite
career to follow. – Ah, Mason Ramsey. – Go off. – His verse, low key,
went hard though. ♪ Hop up in my Razor ♪
– Yuh. ♪ Pray that it don’t phase her ♪ – It’s kind of fun because
they’re just bringing in all of these interesting,
quirky people. I’m not mad at it at all. – The official movie? ♪ Old town road
I’m gonna ride ♪ – ♪ ‘Til I can’t no more ♪
Do you think he’s [bleep] sick of this song yet?
How many times has he had to do this? ♪ Horse tack is attached
Hat is matte black ♪ – Tell me Lil Nas X
don’t look like a freaking badass, though. ♪ Riding on a horse
You can whip your Porsche ♪ ♪ I’ve been in the valley ♪ – I think if it were up to him,
he’d do ten more remixes. ♪ You can’t tell me nothing ♪ – I love all of this. ♪ Riding on a tractor ♪ – ♪ Lean all in my bladder ♪ ♪ Cheated on my baby ♪ – ♪ You can go and ask her ♪ – This is obviously so ironic
and self aware. What do people love?
Emojis. – I feel like Lil Nas is pretty much
ruling the internet right now. – Diplo. – There’s one with Diplo?
No way. – I hate this.
Anybody that hasn’t gotten tired of this song needs
to be checked in somewhere immediately. ♪ Gonna take my horse
to the old town road ♪ – ♪ Ride ’til I can’t no more ♪ – I like that all the album covers
is just a different horse. ♪ To the old town road ♪ – It’s a little much, this version. – Wow, April.
That’s crazy. ♪ Money on my brand new guitar
Baby’s gotta have ♪ ♪ Her diamond rings ♪
– It’s a good song. I can’t be mad at it. ♪ Maserati sports car
Got no stress ♪ ♪ I’ve been through all that
I’m like a Marlboro man ♪ ♪ So I kick on back ♪
– It just hits. ♪ Back to that old town road ♪ – We should do a Guess That
with just Old Town Road remixes. – And then the classic. – And then it was
a Red Dead meme. – Is this from Red Dead
Redemption? ♪ Take my horse
to the old town road ♪ ♪ I’m gonna ride
’til I can’t no more ♪ – I’ve been sitting here
for a few minutes relistening to the song.
Ask me if I’m tired of it. – (FBE) Are you tired of listening
to this? – I’m not.
What is it about it that makes me want
to hit repeat every single time? – When this first came out,
I didn’t think that it would be as big as it is now.
It’s just so crazy. He’s been able to collab
with some of the biggest artists. – He promoted his song
through an incredibly popular video game, giving it
that much clout and then now he’s remix–
and then it went to the country charts,
got it taken down and then he gets Billy Ray
to remix it, puts it back up there
and then it stays there? All I gotta say, he’s been making
some smart moves. – (FBE) Like we mentioned earlier,
Old Town Road just landed its 17th week in
the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100,
making it the longest running number one single in the chart’s
history. – That’s so crazy to me.
I can’t fathom it because I never feel like
memes last this long. – (FBE) The record was previously
held by two different songs who were both tied
with 16 weeks at the top. Do you have any idea
what those songs were? – Dark Horse and something else
probably. – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey? – Wasn’t it Despacito? – Despacito was one of them.
The other song, no idea. – I don’t know the exact song,
but I think one of the artists was Mariah Carey. – (FBE) Old Town Road broke
the record previously set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
with One Sweet Day in 1996 and by Lois Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
along with Justin Bieber with Despacito in 2017.
– Oh wow. So one song–
I had a feeling, too, that it was gonna be a song
that was older that has just stayed
super popular and then something
a little fresher. – Music is evolving
and ever changing, so I think it’s only normal
that something else is gonna come along and replace those. – (FBE) We’ve discussed Old Town
Road in detail in a previous episode so our viewers can go
check that out and learn more, but to give you some background,
the song was released as a single on December 3, 2018.
It was released on Soundcloud and iTunes with Lil Nas
listing the song under the country music genre,
which some think was a way for him to manipulate
the chart so that it would be easier to reach the top
of the country chart versus the more popular
rap chart. – That’s a smart business move
on his end. He could get away with it
under the country genre and that would get it
more listens ’cause then he’s getting a group of people
that wouldn’t normally listen to just hip hop. – (FBE) Lil Nas began creating
memes to promote the single and it was eventually picked up
by TikTok users where the song became the backdrop for
what many call the yeehaw challenge.
– Dang, dude. He’s a strategic mastermind. – (FBE) The challenge is credited
by many with propelling the song onto the Hot 100 charts.
What do you think about the evolution of the song
and Lil Nas’ strategy behind it? – I do–
I mean, what started it all, to me I think, is the fact
that he made sure that his song was on
the country charts, ’cause rap is way more
competitive with things like Soundcloud. – I don’t think it means
he was manipulating anything. If anything, it was smart
because it is country. It is not your typical
classical country, but I think definitely
we all started as the meme and just went with it
and memes are the best way to market anything. – He understands our culture
enough to know, “Oh, he needs to hit
social media. That’s where everything
can spread like wildfire.” and it just shows how strong
people are in masses. – It’s become an in joke
with this entire population of people.
It’s such a great example of how much individuals
can really accomplish because this isn’t something
where it’s like, “Oh, a record label
is promoting the [bleep] out of it.” – Anyone can be a musician
if they really want to be and it’s your job
to make yourself successful and your job to figure out
what you can do and what ways you can
promote yourself and the way that he did it
with the internet is smart. He’s a child of the internet,
he’s a product of the internet, and his music is literally
the star of the internet. – The memes really pushed it
to become so popular. Other artists within the community
have seen the impact that this song has had
and for that reason have wanted to jump on
the remix. That’s why Old Town Road
has 14 different remixes to it. – (FBE) So the song
has officially released four remixes with a variety
of music and lyric videos. Billboard counts streams,
YouTube video views, and remixes as one single entity
as long as they meet certain qualifications,
meaning that all the remixes and videos we showed you today
count towards the Hot 100 metrics. – Which I think is smart
because it’s like, okay, you’re taking every
possible route and venue that you can use
to benefit yourself. – (FBE) In a New York Times
podcast, the reporters implicated that Lil Nas was gaming
the charts by releasing multiple remixes,
but his fans and others seem to be okay with
what he’s been doing. What are your thoughts
around what Lil Nas has done with the song
and do you think this is giving us a taste
of the future of the music industry?
– I mean, I think there’s always gonna be people
that are mad when somebody has a strategy
that they didn’t think of, ’cause they’re like,
“Oh, it’s cheating.” No, they’re just using
the rules in a different way. I think if anything,
we’re just gonna lean heavier into that,
of bringing people on and making more collaborative
efforts. – The song is different
every time. You get the classic Old Town Road
chorus that you love, but you also get new artists
jumping on and adding bars, adding new lyrics to the song,
so it almost feels like it’s fresh and it’s new
and it’s different. When songs get super popular,
they get remixes all the time. They get up to two
different ones. This one got seven.
So what? – His whole strategy
behind how he’s marketed and brought it up
is brilliant. He took complete advantage
of modern society and technology and social media
and made himself number one. – To me, I just see Lil Nas X
as this authentic human and I think he’s having fun
with it and that’s what the appeal is for me
to keep on listening to the remixes.
It’s not because whatever record company that is above him
is telling him to do this but because I feel like
he’s the one making the moves. – It’s your song, so if you wanna
release 18 different versions of it, so be it, ’cause it’s yours.
You worked on it. Nobody can take that
away from you. It’s a way to get it out there,
so you can’t really blame him for that, but I’m just hoping
that other artists don’t say, “Hey, let’s take this one song
and remix it 13 times.” – (FBE) In June 2019, Lil Nas X
came out as gay. He’s the only artist to ever do so
while having a number one hit record.
How important do you think it is for an artist to come out like this
while they’re on top? – I mean, I don’t think there’s
necessarily a direct correlation between, “You come out when
you’re the most successful in your career.”
It’s whenever you’re ready and I think when you do
get this famous and this successful,
it probably adds a sense of confidence to you
and that helps you be more comfortable
with who you are. – He’s like, “You know what?
Screw it. I’m on top.
I can do whatever I want.” and he came out
and that’s so awesome. Not only is he black,
but he’s gay and he’s topping country charts.
That is iconic. – I think it’s so important too
for the black community because within the black
community, being part of the LGBT community
is something that’s still kind of taboo
and so to have somebody who is so big and such
a huge face in music right now come out, I think that’s
so important. – When I was growing up,
we didn’t have artists like Lil Nas and Troye Sivan,
et cetera, who are out and proud and producing music successfully
because people didn’t want to put money into us.
They didn’t wanna see us succeed. If I had all of these people
when I was growing up, I probably would have
come out a lot sooner and would have been
just myself from the jump. – It just shows that as
a society, we’re a lot more accepting than
maybe ten years ago where this would have been
something if he were to do it, it probably would ruin
his career. It doesn’t matter what
his orientation is, it’s just the music that we love
and all the memey goodness of it. – (FBE) So finally, how many more
weeks do you think Old Town Road will stay
as the number one spot? – Dude, who knows?
Maybe another 17 weeks. Who knows? – I’m giving it five to ten
more weeks. I keep seeing him talking
about potentially collaborating with other people,
with Dolly Parton, he mentioned recently
on Twitter. – They’ve already broken
the record. That was his goal.
Let’s say within the next couple of weeks it’s just
gonna start slowing down. – How many more remixes
can he make? I wanna hear so many different
genres and versions. I think we could go
a solid year. – Thanks for watching this
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