Keith Urban is putting a country twist on a popular country-influenced hip-hop song.
Lil Nas X’s country rap song “Old Town Road” went viral as part of the “Yeehaw Challenge”. The video gained popularity on the video-sharing app TikTok and later generated more than 41 million views on YouTube.
Urban, 51, picked up a banjo and put his spin on the 20-year-old rapper’s popular song. The four-time Grammy winner let the music speak for itself, simply captioning the tweet with a rock-on emoji.
Lil Nas X loved the video, which has been ‘liked’ more than 21,000 times since it was posted yesterday, writing, “amazing, for real!”
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has already received an official country remix. The young artist collaborated with Billy Ray Cyrus, who contributed a new verse for the song.
The song was also the centre of a rather unique controversy. “Old Town Road” debuted at No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart before being removed by Billboard. The charting company argued the song didn’t incorporate enough country music elements to be eligible for the chart.