Put on your spurs, dust off your hat and get ready to whistle: The official “movie” for Lil Nas X’s pop-cultural behemoth “Old Town Road” is here.
In the video Lil Nas X, a rootin’-tootin’ rustler in 1889, gets sent to the present day after a heist gone wrong, linking up with Billy Ray Cyrus to line dance at the Old Town hall. He races—and beats!—Vince Staples in a race down a California road. Chris Rock bookends the video, telling the audience that “when you see a black man riding a horse that fast, you just gotta let him fly.”
The video even cheekily references the song’s removal from Billboard’s Hot Country charts, with Billy Ray Cyrus saying, “you’re with me this time—everything is going to be all right,” after Lil Nas X points out that the Wild West isn’t too welcoming to outsiders.
Beyond Rock and Staples, “Old Town Road” features cameos from Rico Nasty, Diplo, beatmaker Youngkio and more. Directed by Calmatic, “Old Town Road” makes use of panoramic imagery present in classic Western films and even manages to find time for recent viral dances.
The whole video is a hoot and a holler; amble on down to the bottom of this page to watch the video and check out the movie poster beneath that. Yeehaw.