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Lil Nas X on hanging with Chris Rock and learning to ride a horse for the ‘Old Town Road’ music video

As part of our GQ Action Replay video series, our record-breaking GQ Hype cover star, Lil Nas X, talks us through his ‘Old Town Road’ music video, from the cameos to the clothes

It's the song of the summer. The song that just won't stop. Last December, Lil Nas X (real name Montero Hill) blessed the internet with “Old Town Road” while living a pretty normal life, staying with his sister and working service jobs for cash. He's now one of the biggest music phenomena of recent history. Since the track went viral earlier this year, “Old Town Road” has broken US chart records, enjoying a 17-week streak at No1 that beats Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's previous record of 16 weeks with “One Sweet Day”. He's even managed to keep Taylor Swift from stealing the top spot from him over the past few months... twice.

A song that has been able to beat records set by industry legends naturally needs a music video of equally epic proportions. Enter “Old Town Road: The Movie”, as Lil Nas X himself refers to it, a five minute Back To The Future meets every-Western-film-ever extravaganza, which features as many cameos as it does fringed items of clothing. He and his many collaborators managed to pack a lot into those five minutes, which is why we invited Lil Nas X to talk us through it as part of our Action Replay video series when he came in for his GQ Hype cover shoot.

“Yes, I was able to get Chris Rock into my video,” he said proudly, while watching the opening scene back. “Chris Rock was just, like, too funny, so they'd have to do some things over and over 'cause I wouldn't stop laughing.” That wasn't the only part they had to film multiple times, however. The dialogue just before he escapes a gunman via a tunnel to 2019 apparently had to be redone “at least 30 times, because [he's] a terrible actor”.

Clearly still not tired of his own song, as soon as the music kicked in, Lil Nas X began bobbing his head, fondly recalling how he had to spend three days learning how to ride a horse for the shoot, which he then later took to the BET Awards.

Of course, he also took us through each of the video's cameos, from Vince Staples (“so funny”) to Diplo (“Er, yeah, this is Diplo”), giving a special shout out to the track's feature artist, Billy Ray Cyrus: “I didn't know if we were going to get Billy to be inside of the pink suit, but you know, he hopped in it and he killed it. Thank you, Billy Ray!”

Watch Lil Nas X's full GQ Action Replay video below and read his full GQ Hype interview here.

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