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Lil Nas X Is a Twink Fantasy On First 'Billboard' Cover

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The “Old Town Road” rapper says he probably wouldn’t have come out if he still lived with his parents. 

Everyone's favorite rapper who happens to be gay can't stop and won't stop #WINNING. Lil Nas X just landed yet another magazine cover. This time it's the coveted Billboard magazine and we have to say we've never seen him in this light. Maybe it's the angle. Maybe it's the happy trail. Hell, maybe it's Mablean Ephriam. What we do know, is that fame is doing the rapper well!

Nas X covers Billboard's 2020 Grammy Preview issue, splitting covers with everyone's other favorite genre-bending rapper, Lizzo. It's the first time both of the chart toppers have graced the magazine's front page.

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Such a feat for Nas X is perhaps surprising considering the controversy around his breakout hit and Billboard's Country charts earlier this year. When "Old Town Road" debuted, the track, which has an obvious country twang to it, was booted off of Billboard's Country charts. Although some have called its genre "country trap," the music chart's magazine said "its trap beat, a lack of country airplay, no involvement by Sony Music Nashville and mixed categorization and playlisting on leading streaming services" factored into the decision.

After the decision sparked massive debate online about what constitutes a country song, Billy Ray Cyrus lent his vocals to a remix of "Old Town Road." It quickly rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, going onto become the longest running no. 1 in history.

"There's definitely a problem where you can say this song is hip-hop, but you can't say it's country," Lil Nas X said in his Billboard profile written by Joe Levy. He points to Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be," which spent 50 weeks at the top of Hot Country Songs, and which, like "Old Town Road," has trap drums. "It's kind of like saying that one of these genres has more respect. Take from that what you will."

The rapper also discussed what it was like coming out to his fans versus his father.

"Just like, rip the Band-Aid off," he said, admitting that it was "nerve-wracking" to come out to his father earlier that month. "It's something I never probably would have said if I was still living with my parents. I have that independence to do it, you know?"

With all of that behind him, he's looking forward to making other music moments beyond what he's become known for.

"It's not something that I'm upset about or anything," he said of having "Old Town Road" as his calling card. "I mean, maybe when I'm out in public and someone asks for a picture and they're like, 'Where is your hat?"

Check out the full interview and some other hot photos here.

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