“Old Town Road” seems to be the gift that keeps on giving in 2019. First, the song became a global smash after its Red Dead Redemption-filled viral video blew up, sending it to the top of the charts. Then, we were graced with the original viral-man himself, Billy Ray Cyrus, on the official remix. Now, we’ve got the official MOVIE for the remix, and it capitalizes on the song’s natural virality and Lil Nas X’s cowboy-rapper identity in the perfect way.
More than a simple music video, the movie includes a who’s-who of celebrities, including comedians Chris Rock and HaHa Davis, Vince Staples, Rico Nasty, Diplo, and of course Lil Nas and Billy Ray themselves.
The video peppers in their appearances with the perfect amount of comedic draw combined with storytelling, as Chris Rock opens the story chasing Lil Nas, a bandit who’s run off with a pile of cash, set all the way back in 1889. Later, once Lil Nas X time-travels into present day, he races Vince Staples on his horse vs. Staples car – and of course, wins even more cash.
A freshly-outfitted Lil Nas X then heads to a community center with Billy Ray (who has also somehow arrived in the future) in Billy Ray’s Maserati, where you see a rainbow-haired Rico Nasty give the two cowboys a dirty look before Billy Ray performs his solo on stage, accompanied by cowboy Diplo (embodying his new country-project persona, Thomas Wesley) on a washing board.
The video is a laugh from start to finish, extremely well-done, and it’s clearly pushing the song further into the stratosphere – the movie has nearly 50 million views in its first three days, and if the song’s rise has been any indication, it’s not coming down any time soon.