Looks like Lil Nas X isn’t ready to let go of the success of his hit “Old Town Road” any time soon. The song has become one of the biggest hits in chart history, having been number one on the charts for 15 weeks, and now may be receiving an update by the one and only Dolly Parton.
After Nas released the initial song it’s been remixed by Diplo and gotten a version featuring Billy Ray Cyrus — this, in fact, is the version that’s been at the top of the Hot 100 charts for 16 weeks. Just last week Young Thug and Mason Ramsey came aboard for a take as well. Then a Lil Wayne verse leaked, that the rapper confirmed was in fact was submitted to Nas’s team as an official remix. And then the young star started firing off tweets to dream collaborators.
“Ok Mariah Carey let’s get this remix in,” he tweeted on July 12. An hour later, Carey seemed to confirm her interest tweeting “One Sweet Town Road!” along with a photo of her in a cowboy hat. The tweet was a play on her single “One Sweet Day” which is one of a few songs tied for the records of 16 weeks at the top of the charts.
Only days later he had other ideas: “Y’all think I can get dolly parton and megan thee stallion on a old town road remix?” It took Dolly a few days but she responded in kind with a graphic of three horses, one pink with blonde hair. The image referenced the single imagery Nas X had been using different horses to symbolize those featured on the song. Obviously, Dolly is the pink horse here.
Obviously none of this means that this is happening for sure. It could all just be marketing tactics to keep the song streaming in order to make it beyond the 16 week mark. And if so that would be, to be frank, disappointing. Because while we would love to see a Black gay rapper hold the record for having a song at the top of the charts for the longest time, we would also really love to hear that rapper on a track with Dolly THEE Parton. So why not both?