He rose to prominence with the release of his country rap single " Old Town Road ", which first achieved viral popularity on the micro-platform app TikTok in early before climbing music charts internationally and becoming diamond certified by November of that same year. Nas X came out as gay while "Old Town Road" was atop the Hot , becoming the only artist to do so while having a number-one record.
Three years later, he moved in with his father, a gospel singer,  north of the city in Austell, Georgia. Although initially reluctant to leave, he later regarded it as an important decision: "There's so much shit going on in Atlanta—if I would have stayed there, I would have fallen in with the wrong crowd. He spent much of his teenage years alone, and turned to the Internet, "particularly Twitter , creating memes that showed his disarming wit and pop-culture savvy.
He attended Lithia Springs High School and graduated in During this time, he stayed with his sister and supported himself with jobs at Zaxby's restaurants and the Six Flags Over Georgia theme park. Hill said he began to isolate himself from "outside-of-class activities" during his teenage years.
He spent large amounts of time online in hopes of building a following as an internet personality to promote his work, but was unsure what to focus on creatively. That was the first place where I could go viral. During this period, he reportedly created and ran Nicki Minaj fan accounts on Twitter , including one called " NasMaraj", according to a New York Magazine investigation. The NasMaraj account was suspended by Twitter due to "violating spam policies". He explained why he initially denied it, stating that if people knew he was a fan of hers, they would think he was gay: "People will assume if you had an entire fan page dedicated to nicki u are gay.
On June 17, , Minaj responded to Nas, tweeting "It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand. Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth". Lil Nas apologized to Minaj, saying he "felt so bad, hoping u wouldn't see my denial".
In late , Lil Nas X landed on music as a path to success, and started writing and recording songs in his closet. Millions of users posted videos of themselves dressed as a wrangler or cowgirl, with most yeehaw videos using the song for their soundtrack; as of July , they have been seen more than 67 million times. While "Old Town Road" incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version.
In Robert Christgau 's opinion, "Taking 'Old Town Road' off the country chart strikes me as racist pure and simple, because country radio remains racist regardless of the Darius Ruckers and Kane Browns it makes room for. Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus supported "Old Town Road",  and became the featured vocalist in an April remix, the first of several. In the social media age, Lil Nas X is arguably the first micro-platform crossover star. In May , the video was released and as of August , has over million views.
On July 7, , Lil Nas X revealed that his upcoming debut album is "almost finished". He also stated that he's working on a mixtape , and invited producers to submit their beats for his new music. In July , Time named him one of the 25 most influential people on the Internet for his "global impact on social media ", and "overall ability to drive news". We spend eight episodes and sixteen and a half hours talking about the fact that country music has never been one thing.
And there's a huge African American influence, and it permeates throughout the whole story. It just is proving that all of those cycles that we have been reporting on across the decades—all of the tensions in country music of race, class, poverty, gender, creativity versus commerce, geography—are still going on. In mid-September "Panini" had its first remix released with rapper DaBaby.
In early July , "Old Town Road" achieved its 13th week at the top spot on the Billboard , becoming the first hip hop song to do so. Nas X has been noted for his public fashions; in July , Vogue noted Nas X as a "master" at giving the cowboy aesthetic a glam look in his appearances and on Instagram. For the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Nas X wore several outfits including a head-to-toe couture fuschia Versace suit with a pink harness which took hours to construct. In early June , Nas X came out to his sister and father, and he felt the universe was signalling him to do so despite his uncertainty whether his fans would stick by him or not.
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