Lil Nas X continues to prove that he can’t be limited to one genre, as the artist has now crept up the rock charts.
Tuesday, Billboard reported that Lil Nas X’s “F9mily (You & Me)” and “Bring U Down” featuring Ryan Tedder have debuted on the Rock Streaming charts. But not only did the tracks make the list, they also broke the Top 10, sitting at No. 6 and 7 respectively.
It continues Lil Nas X’s impressive run. By fending off pop powerhouses Tyler Swift and Ed Sheeran, “Old Town Road” spent its record-breaking 13th week atop the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, its C7osure EP is the No. 1 rap album in the country, moving nearly 77,000 units.
But the biggest thing about Lil Nas X’s crossover into rock is due to how his stardom even started. In April, Lil Nas X made headlines when it was announced that the original version of “Old Town Road” would be dropped from Billboard’s country charts because the song did not contain enough traditional elements of the genre. It sparked a massive backlash, leading country star Billy Ray Cyrus to jump on the song’s remix. From there, the track exploded, setting the stage for its genre approach.
The rock chart news comes after Lil Nas X proudly came out as an openly gay man. On the last day of Pride month, the entertainer took to Twitter where he announced his sexuality. This has come with a lot of praise and scrutiny. To the latter, Lil Nas X responded with playful trolls, showing how comfortable he is with himself.