Last week a group of fifth graders in Cleveland finished off their school talent show with a rousing chorus of Old Town Road. Their infectious enthusiasm at singing the song went viral, and even caught the attention of the original artist Lil Nas X, who promised them a free show
when they want a free show https://t.co/a0rYdfZZAK
— nope (@LilNasX) May 23, 2019
A man of his word, Lil Nas X arrived to the school today for his surprise concert. What followed next is one of the cutest performances of a hit rap song you'll ever see. A whole school absolutely going mad and belting out the song. As the man himself says, its one of the most important live performances he'll ever do
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 30, 2019
The song "Old Town Road" became a meme and a viral hit through the app TikTok. 'Old Town Road' was released on December 3rd, 2018. The relatively unknown song from the unsigned singer went viral as a result of people using on TikTok. As a result, Lil Nas X has now signed to Columbia Record and his debut hit 'Old Town Road' has gone to No 1. in the Billboard charts.
In an interview with Time, Lil Nas X spoke about how the song took on a life of its own on TikTok:
I promoted the song as a meme for months until it caught on to TikTok and it became way bigger. I was pretty familiar with TikTok: I always thought its videos would be ironically hilarious. When I became a trending topic on there, it was a crazy moment for me. A lot of people will try to downplay it, but I saw it as something bigger.
The reaction from these elementary school kids is priceless, fair play Lil Nas X.