Lil Nas X Taps K-Pop Superstar RM of BTS for ‘Seoul Town Road’
Lil Nas X debuted yet another "Old Town Road'" remix—this time the new song features K-Pop superstar RM of BTS, and is cleverly named "Seoul Town Road."
It's pretty hard to top a list of remixes that includes appearances from Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Young Thug and Walmart Boy (aka Mason Ramsey). But this version is definitely going to bring a smile to a lot of younger-generation faces, especially for the dedicated BTS Army who will enjoy hearing RM sing in an impressive country drawl. The cover art includes a purple horse, of course, since BTS fans are famous for favoring the color purple.
RM also introduces a term most Americans aren't familiar with. An initial listen to the remix will have most listeners thinking he's discussing "homies," as in buddies, but according to many helpful social media posts from fellow Koreans, he's talking about a "homi," a Korean term for a gardening tool.
“I got the homis in my bag / Have you heard of that? / Homis made of steel from Korea / They the best / Riding to the farm / Grabbing all the corn / We gonna get your money with my homi in your backyard.”
Got it? A gardening tool has now become trendy. Whoda thunk, right?
The young rapper's initial "Old Town Road" remix featuring Cyrus currently sits at No. 1 for a 16th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is one for the record books: Billboard's charts have been around for more than six decades, and in that time just two songs have held the No. 1 spot for a total time of 16 weeks. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber's 2017 smash "Despacito" holds one of the coveted spots; while Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" spent 16 weeks at No. 1 back in 1995-1996.
This particular new remix and release was a surprise to fans; the collaboration was not tweeted about unlike Nas' plea for Dolly Parton or Peppa The Pig to come on a remix of the song. Billboard does count the remixes as the same song, so any streams to any of Nas' versions of "Old Town Road" count towards the coveted record.
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