Lil Nas X and BTS’s RM Drop ‘Old Town Road’ Remix: ‘Seoul Town Road’
No one knows how long “Old Town Road” will stay on the Billboard Hot 100 list, but while it’s still sitting there in a record-tying position this week, Lil Nas X decided to pump out yet another remix. But this time, he’s tapped BTS member RM, giving it some K-Pop flavor.
Remix dropped last night
Called “Seoul Town Road,” it comes in at just under two minutes and features RM delivering bars with a Southern twang. On this new track, you can hear RM and Lil Nas harmonizing on the chorus. Who was ready for this combo? The BTS A.R.M.Y. wasted no time jumping on the midnight release and are loving RM’s verse. Of course, he’s taking his horse down the “Seoul Town Road,” and talks about his homies and the ho-mi, a traditional Korean garden tool:
“I got the ho-mis in the back … Have you heard of that? Ho-mis made of steel from Korea, they the be-e-est.”
If you check out the song online, you’ll notice the addition of a purple horse on the record’s artwork which is a nod to BTS and their fandom. The color is a symbol of BTS love for fans and the band in general.
So far, Lil Nas X has four separate remixes for “Old Town Road,” including the chart-ruling version with Billy Ray Cyrus. The viral hit has been parodied and, according to Spin, covered by artists like Blondie during tour stops.
For those who don’t know, RM stands for Rap Monster, the stage name for BTS member Kim Nam-joon. Not only does he rap, be he also sings and writes songs with BTS. He’s the leader of the popular K-Pop group and according to fan lore, taught himself how to speak English by studying on his own and watching American sitcoms.
Single could break new record
“Old Town Road” is riding into is 16th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and according to the site, is in a three-way tie with Mariah Carey and Boys II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and “Despacito” by Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, and Justin Bieber. All three songs have spent at least 16 weeks at number one on the chart, but “Old Town Road” could be headed for 17. If the song hits week 17 (or beyond), it will be a history-making first for the Hot 100 chart.
That’s not bad for a song that initially cost $30 to create. In a Rolling Stone interview, Lil Nas X said he leased the beat for $30 off Beatstars from a teen producer in the Netherlands. Once he heard it, the vision he had for the song was of a “runaway cowboy.” He wanted to make something that would go viral and inspire memes:
“It was the first song I genuinely formulated. I was like, ‘I gotta make it short, I gotta make it catchy, I gotta have quotable lines that people want to use as captions.’ Especially with the ‘horses in the back’ line, I was like, ‘This is something people are gonna say every day.”
The rest is history and has spawned the uber popular remix with Cyrus, one with Diplo, another with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and now one with RM. Since BTS is one of the hottest things going right now, this latest Seoul-infused remix could soar into the record-breaking stratosphere too.