Dolly Parton may be up to doing a remix of “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X, depending on how fans interpret what she said to him on Twitter. Lil Nas X himself certainly thinks she’s up for it, based on his own response to her.
“Old Town Road,” for those not familiar, is either a rap song with a country “feel,” or a country song with a rap “feel,” depending on how one looks at it. The song became a hit, so performer Lil Nas X (real name: Montero Lamar Hill) decided to do a remix — this time even more country with ’90s country star (and father of Miley Cyrus) Billy Ray Cyrus, after which it exploded.
Lil Nas X, recognizing a good thing when he saw it, has since released two remixes of the song: one with dance hall performer Diplo, and then another one with rapper Young Thug and Wal-Mart yodeling boy Mason Ramsey, as The Fader reports.
Now, it seems that Lil Nas X has his sights on making the song even more old-school country than it was with the Billy Ray Cyrus remix — he wants country legend Dolly Parton to do a remix. And, as Yahoo Entertainment reports, Dolly appears to be into it.
On Monday, Lil Nas X tweeted, “Y’all think I can get Dolly Parton and [rapper] Megan Thee Stallion on an old town road remix?”
Here’s how Dolly responded:
YEE YEE GANG! ???????????????? https://t.co/mUoeA1YHCq
— nope (@LilNasX) July 18, 2019
Lil Nas X and Yahoo Entertainment writer Claudia Harmata both take the pink stallion in blonde hair to be a visual representation of Dolly herself, joining the two naturally-colored horses who appear on the song’s imagery.
In other words, this is Dolly’s way of saying “Yes” in the most Dolly Parton way possible.
At this point it bears noting that the tweet up above doesn’t contain the word “Yes.” It contains a picture of a horse. It could very well be Dolly’s way of having a bit of fun at the rapper’s expense. Or it could be her way of saying that she’s on-board. Unless and until Dolly confirms, in words, that she’s in, there’s no knowing for certain.
Country-rap collaborations are extremely rare in the music industry, considering that the two genres are miles apart. But they have happened, with mixed success. By way of example, in 2013, as Vibe reports, country act Florida-Georgia Line teamed up with Nelly in 2013 for “Cruise,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and No. 4 on the Top 100 Chart.