Lil Nas X took to social media on Monday (July 29) to celebrate making Billboard chart history. “Old Town Road” is officially the first song ever to spend 17 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In an Instagram caption, Lil Nas X detailed the story behind his record-breaking hit.
“I went looking for beats on youtube…when suddenly i came across a country-trap sounding masterpiece,” he wrote, “i immediately knew i would make something special out of it.”
The rapper also shared a few photos documenting the rise of “Old Town Road,” even including a short video of him and Billy Ray Cyrus in the studio.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Lil Nas X interrupted a bathroom break to share his thanks.
“I’m on the toilet right now, but I want to say thank you to every single person who has made this moment possible for me,” he said in a short video.
See Lil Nas X’s latest posts below.
last year in october — , as a struggling artist —-??starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube—-–. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats—-trying to find the right one for me–. when suddenly i came across a country-trap —-—-sounding masterpiece–. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it—-??! my sister—- told me i had little time left ?before i had to leave her house — after being there for months– promoting my music– online —-and not helping—-?? her out much. i was so upset –! i used it as motivation for the song–! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner —-?? cowboy– needing to —-run away from it all–! I went out —- on my sister’s back porch — and listened to the beat –OVER –& OVER –& OVER–!! then it came to me–!! in my best singing voice– i sung– “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE– TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD — IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE —-” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it—-– —-EVERY SINGLE DAY—-. it needed to be funny–, it needed to be catchy—-, it needed to be hip hop —-, it needed to be country—-, & it needed to be short—-!! by the time i was finished — setting it up —-?? i was out of my sister’s crib– and at my brothers —-– place. on ??–december 2??nd i went into the studio —— & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD—-? & put it out the exact same –day!! did i know it would become the longest running number 1?? song of all time? –NO! ?? but i am so thankful—- that this blessing ? has been placed upon me–. this song has changed my life—— and the way i see the world—-around me—-?? in less than a year–. thank you to every single person?? who has been apart of this journey–. as i said– before, it’s just the beginning! ——??
— nope (@LilNasX) July 29, 2019