Like many kids, the students at Lander Elementary School outside of Cleveland, Ohio, love Lil Nas X. In fact, they love the rapper-turned-country singer so much, the whole school danced to his hit single "Old Town Road" during their talent show last week.
After seeing a video of the school wilding out to his song, Lil Nas X decided to treat his fans to a surprise. He showed up at the school for a special performance on Wednesday, and the kids couldn't get enough of him.
As Lil Nas X hummed the beat, the kids geared up to sing — or rather, scream — the lyrics. Then, they let loose, jumping up and down and belting out "Old Town Road."
The singer dressed the part, wearing a cowboy hat and denim jacket with "Old Town Road" written across the back, just below the suede fringe. While kids across the U.S. can't get enough of his rap-country hybrid, the song wasn't well received at first.
Billboard sparked controversy when itafter it debuted at No. 3. Their reason was that the genre-blending hit "does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version," Billboard said in a statement.
Lil Nas X responded on Genius.com. "I started to think about it, I was like, you know, why? After like listening to other songs that's actually on that chart, it's like, wait a minute, something's not right, basically," Lil Nas X said.
The song merges a rap beat and country-themed lyrics. The words of the song were enough tothat it was, in fact, a country song. ""I thought, it's honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?" Cyrus tweeted after the debate over the song's genre spread online.
Cyrus ended up joining Lil Nas X on a remix of the song, adding even more of a country flair.
The remixed version of the song currently has more than 170 million views on YouTube. It's No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been on the chart for 12 weeks. So it's no wonder why an entire school full of children celebrated Lil Nas X so passionately.