Viral hit single “Old Town Road” has been at the forefront of our cultural consciousness ever since it first charted back in April, and it’s once again the subject of debate online after rapper Lil Nas X came out on Twitter over the weekend, with some fans thinking it had a secret meaning all along.
On Sunday, which just so happened to be World Pride Day, Lil Nas X shared a video of his new song “C7osure,” with the caption: “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,” prompting fans to examine the lyrics, which refer to freedom, growing up, and moving forward.
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. 🌈🤩✨ pic.twitter.com/O9krBLllqQ
He followed that up with a photo of the artwork from his EP, 7, including a close-up of the rainbow flag colors, saying: “deadass thought I made it obvious.”
deadass thought i made it obvious pic.twitter.com/HFCbVqBkLM
And now the Internet has become obsessed with revisiting “Old Town Road,” just in case the lyrics to the cowboy anthem hid some kind of clues as to Lil Nas X’s sexuality all along… and Lil Nas X has been having a great time reading them all.
i got the horses in the back pic.twitter.com/lfAechd6t2
“so that’s what he meant by ride til i cant no more 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂” pic.twitter.com/U5kck2rMYT
it’s true i am a guy https://t.co/7hsG0TEm8i
Turns out, the truth was right there in front of us all along:
old town road is literally about horses.
Some fans are now also speculating that Lil Nas X is actually bisexual, after he tweeted: “just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight”.
just cuz i’m gay don’t mean i’m not straight
However Lil Nas X specifically identifies is his business, but it’s still meaningful for an artist with such a vast young fanbase to be visibly, openly out. And regardless of what the lyrics mean, the fact that a track by a queer black artist has dominated the charts since April, become the de facto song of the summer, and currently holds the title of longest-running Hot 100 hip-hop single of all time, is something to celebrate.
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