How the Year 2007 Made Lil Nas X’s Meteoric Rise Possible

Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard, YouTube, and Soundcloud created the environment for ‘Old Town Road’ to become a hit

Anuli Akanegbu
ZORA

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Lil Nas X performs onstage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Credit: Michael Tran/Getty Images

LLil Nas X was correct to compare his life to a movie in the lyrics of his hit song “Old Town Road.” The “country-trap” earworm has now catapulted the 20-year-old rapper from relative…

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Anuli Akanegbu
ZORA

Anuli Akanegbu (Pronounced: Ah-noo-lee A-ka-nay-boo) is a transdisciplinary scholar and media maker working at the intersection of Internet culture and race.