Featuring desert plains, bingo hall line dancing, and yee yee juice
Lil Nas X shot to pop culture fame when he uploaded the video for his song “Old Town Road” late last year (December 2). Not only did his brand of country-trap tap into the current cowboy trend in the music industry, but the video was also novel, comprised of clips from the video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
Now, though – after charting at number 1 across the globe – Lil Nas X has released the long-awaited “real” video for the song (or rather the remix, with Billy Ray Cyrus).
The video begins with a chase scene straight out of a classic Spaghetti Western, complete with freeze frames and old-timey fonts. Three horsemen (including Chris Rock) pursue Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus on horseback, in 1889. The two outlaws get away, though, because Rock’s character decides: “When you see a black man on a horse going that fast, you just gotta let him fly.”
What follows is a time warp that sees Lil Nas X’s cowboy character transported to the present day “Old Town Road”, and from there it gets pretty wild. There’s a drag race with a horse, Billy Ray in a pink cowboy outfit, and a performance in a bingo hall, to mention just a few highlights.
There’s also a more subtle nod to the meme that is to thank for a lot of the track’s popularity, with the appearance of “yee yee juice”. (There was a video trend going around for a while that involved someone drinking said yee yee juice and becoming cowboy-fied with “Old Town Road” as the soundtrack.)
The list of special guests in the new video is a pretty good indicator of how far the track has come in just a few months as well, with additional appearances from Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Diplo, Jozzy, Young Kio, and Vince Staples.