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In a recent interview with Insider, Lil Nas X discussed his rise to fame, winning two Grammys, and starring in a Super Bowl commercial.
The 20-year-old phenom, who was broke and couch-surfing when he released "Old Town Road" in 2018, said he spent his first major paycheck on taking his whole family bowling.
He also admitted that he expected to win a Grammy Award for his diamond-certified single.
Lil Nas X may be one of the most successful artists working today, but his idea of a splurge is surprisingly wholesome.
"What did I do with my first major paycheck? I think I took my family bowling," he revealed to Insider. "Like, everybody. It was a lot of us, not just my immediate family. But yeah."
The 20-year-old phenom consistently maintained this level of chill while discussing his stratospheric rise to fame in a recent interview with Insider.
Nas — real name Montero Hill — was broke and couch-surfing in late 2018, when he bought a beat online for $30 and turned it into "Old Town Road." You probably know the legend by now, but it bears repeating: The countrified rap song went viral online and led to a record deal with Columbia, but it was promptly kicked off Billboard's country charts for an unspecified lack of certain "elements." Many believe the decision was racially motivated.
Shortly after, the "Old Town Road" remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was released, and the song reigned atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 straight weeks, smashing the previous record and later becoming the fastest song ever to be certified diamond.
Nas went on to release three more official remixes: one with the DJ and producer Diplo; one with Walmart sensation Mason Ramsey and rapper Young Thug; and one with BTS member RM, dubbed the "Seoul Town Road Remix."
At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Nas performed the song on a rotating set, with each of these artists appearing in their own personalized sections (except for Young Thug, who was scheduled to perform but was ultimately a no-show).
Nas told Insider that it was true to his original vision for the performance, and that each featured artist had a say in the design of their section.
"Each room has its own personality," he said. "Mine was supposed to be like a living room, like a place that I was [before 'Old Town Road']. It's definitely not the best reflection of where I was, but it was supposed to be a symbol of me not being anywhere huge. Whereas, when you go to these other rooms — like BTS, it's like a city world. Mason's is like a dope farm. Young Thug's room is like this cool green skull and everything."
"It's just about the journey I've been on with these remixes," he continued. "I wanted the people that were on the remixes to perform with me because they helped get the song to where it is."
Nas' performance at the Grammys was topped off with an appearance from the rapper Nas — or "OG Nas," as the "Panini" singer calls him.
Nas enlisted the legendary "Illmatic" rapper to feature on a new remix of "Rodeo," one of the songs from his debut EP "7."
"The Nas collaboration came about when I wanted to push the song as a single, and I wanted to do something special," he told Insider. "And I felt like there have definitely been some words around me having Nas' name within my own. So, I felt like this would squash that down and also be a nice song, which it is."
Nas went on to win two Grammy Awards for best music video and best pop duo/group performance, both for "Old Town Road."
When Insider asked if he had any inclination that he would win for his breakout single, Nas simply responded: "Yes."
He also added that if he hadn't won for best pop duo/group performance, he would've wanted Post Malone or Ariana Grande to win, who were nominated for "Sunflower" (with Swae Lee) and "Boyfriend" (with Social House), respectively.
"Old Town Road" is the soundtrack for a new Doritos commercial, which sees the young rapper dance-battling "A Star is Born" actor Sam Elliott for a bag of Cool Ranch (although Nas told us that his favorite Doritos flavor is actually Spicy Nacho).
"I felt like it was a nice opportunity, especially for such a big commercial," Nas said of starring in the clip, which will air during the Super Bowl.
He also added that he plans to do more acting in the future — but probably not before trying to get Dolly Parton on another remix of "Rodeo."
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