Lil Nas X brought his viral hit song “Old Town Road” to the most illustrious show in late-night. During the latest episode of Desus & Mero on Monday, May 6, the cross-genre rapper gave the television debut of his song which has since been remixed with versions including Billy Ray Cyrus and Diplo.
“Old Town Road” currently sits in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the fifth consecutive week. In addition to topping the charts, Lil Nas X’s viral hit “Old Town Road” has also set new streaming records. According to reports, “Old Town Road” is the first song in history to earn over 100 million U.S. streams across four different weeks.
Along with his performance, Lil Nas X appeared alongside the comedy duo for a hilarious segment titled “Country or Nah” where they would name an item and the rapper would have to say whether or not it was country.
You can check out the performance below.
As for the “Country or Nah” segment — which was shared on the show’s YouTube channel as a web exclusive clip — you can check that out below.
After its initial breakout success, which landed the track on the Billboard Country Music Charts, the song was removed for not being “country enough,” according to the experts.
“Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts,” Billboard told Rolling Stone. “When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
However, since then, listeners have continued to rally behind Lil Nas X and the track is now more popular than ever.