If “I got the horses in the back” isn’t on repeat in your mind until your every possible thought disappears in the rearview mirror like Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus riding away on matching tractors wearing Gucci hats, then are you really on the internet?
But in case you were on a long vacation, here’s what you may have missed. Nicki Minaj-stan-turned-rapper Lil Nas X made a thing for meme machine TikTok that is absolutely, positively peak-internet. In head-spinningly fast turnaround time that would give even Fashion Nova a run for its money, Lil Nas X managed to take the Yeehaw Agenda and create the perfect country-rap banger. It is now the number-one song in the country, and one that is bringing us all together—internet kids, moms listening to commercial pop radio stations, everyone. For that, it should become our new National Anthem.
*Thank you to COOLS graphic designer Alix Gutiérrez for this beautiful meme!!*
When Billboard dared question the authenticity of “Old Town Road (Remix)” as a country song, Billy Ray Cyrus stepped the fuck up. When the song was removed from Billboard’s country chart, with the explanation that the song “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version,” Cyrus added his voice to the remix. As an explanation, he tweeted: “I thought, it’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?”
With the spirit of “cowboy hat from Gucci/Wrangler on my booty” in our hearts and souls, here’s your guide to best embracing your inner Luxe Cowboy, lyric by lyric.
Hat is matte black / Got the boots that’s black to match
Ridin’ on a tractor / Lean all in my bladder
Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty
Baby’s got a habit: diamond rings and Fendi sports bras