Lil Nas X first made headlines when Billboard quietly removed “Old Town Road” — which has elements of trap music, country and R&B — from its Hot Country Songs chart, saying it wasn’t country enough. He remixed the song, asking Billy Ray Cyrus to join him on the track. Now “Old Town Road” is setting streaming records.
Last week he remixed the song again, adding Atlanta's Young Thug (aka Jeffery Lamar Williams) and 12-year-old Mason Ramsey, best known for yodeling Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" in an Illinois Walmart.
The 20-year-old has reached out via Twitter to Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton, saying he'd like to remix the song with each of them.
His biggest headline, however, came on the last day of Pride month, when Lil Nas X announced he was gay.
The rapper said he wanted fans to “feel more comfortable” with their sexuality, because “within the country and the hip-hop community, (homosexuality) is not really accepted in either.”
Cardi B’s past 12 months have been life-changing.
She had a baby in July 2018; announced she had split from husband Offset in December; reunited with Offset in January; and made Grammys history in February.
The rapper, who lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter, Kulture, won the Grammy for best rap album for “Invasion of Privacy.” She is the first solo woman to receive the award. Cardi has been nominated seven times, but this was her first win.
She has more than 47 million followers on Instagram and more than 6 million Twitter followers, so pretty much anything she posts on the internet quickly spreads.
Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, has made headlines for more than just her music, however.
She's involved in politics, criticizing President Donald Trump for a government shutdown and supporting Democratic candidate for president Sen. Bernie Sanders.
She’s also made headlines with legal trouble.
The rapper was arraigned in June for allegedly attacking two bartenders on Aug. 29, 2018, at a Queens strip club. She pleaded not guilty in state court to two counts of attempted assault and various misdemeanor charges, including harassment, criminal solicitation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment, the Associated Press reported.
She and husband Offset, who is one-third of the group Migos, enjoy not only professional success but also financial success.
The couple recently shelled out $201,840 for five houses and an additional $48,080 for an adjoining plot of land on a street in Jonesboro in Clayton County.
And the 26-year-old recently spent nearly $80,000 buying new jewelry for her daughter, Kulture.
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