“I went into the realm of a loner cowboy, needing to run away from everything,” Lil Nas, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, told Apple Music in a press release. “But I also wanted to put it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture — plus actually making it a listenable, catchy song.”
Despite its catchiness, the tune was not without its controversy. A debate erupted over whether or not the song, which features a banjo accompanied by a trap beat, is a country or rap tune. It led Billboard to pull the original solo version from the Hot Country Songs chart. This after it simultaneously debuted on the Hot Country Songs, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot 100 charts.