Lil Nas X’s star continues to rise as the 20-year-old artist scored the cover of Time Magazine, and is being praised for pushing boundaries and defying all expectations.
Time revealed the cover of their forthcoming issue and features Lil Nas X checked out in a full red cowboy-style outfit and wearing dope boots.
The magazine wrote,
“When Lil Nas X's debut single “Old Town Road” exploded online early this year and began climbing the charts, industry prognosticators anticipated a quick rise and fall. It’s now the longest-running No. 1 song in history, having occupied the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks. It’s been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify alone. All of this has made “Old Town Road” the defining sound of the year, a slurry, genre-busting interpolation of two quintessential American musical genres: #country and hip-hop."
They article continues,
“There aren’t many black stars in country #music; there aren’t many queer stars in #hiphop. There aren’t many queer black stars in American culture, point-blank. The fact that Lil Nas has risen so far and so fast testifies not only to his skill, but also to the erosion of the systems that for generations kept artists like him on the sidelines. At a time when debates about categorization and identity are ubiquitous, Lil Nas X represents a more unified vision of the future, one in which a young queer black man can dominate popular culture by being unapologetically himself."
Lil Nas X has a lot to celebrate with him recently dethroning Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber when “Old Town Road” became the longest #1 hit on the Billboard Charts, with it staying number one on the charts for 17 straight weeks