“Old Town Road” Teaches Us We Can Do Anything

Ryan Fan
Ryan Fan
Sep 11, 2019 · 4 min read
Photo by Muye Ma on Unsplash

In 2018, a 19-year-old from Atlanta named Montero Hill told his father he wanted to drop out of college to be a rapper. “There are a million rappers in this country,” his father told him. His rap name was Lil Nas X.

But Hill stood out among rappers by disregarding the genre in an unconventional song that was not rap, not country, but something else. Lil Nas X calls “Old Town Road” a…