Lil Nas X drops ‘Old Town Road’ on unsuspecting elementary school—and the kids lose it


Lil Nas X, like Wu-Tang Clan before him, is for the children.

Video of country music superstar Lil Nas X belting out a performance of “Old Town Road” for an audience of elementary school students is a ray of sunshine for your day. It came about recently after Felicia Evans, the principal of Lander Elementary in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, posted a video of a school gym full of children singing along to the song to close out a school talent show. Lil Nas X, a man of the people, saw the video and offered a free performance for the elementary school.

It’s no surprise Lil Nas X and his song “Old Town Road” have struck a chord with a younger audience. One of the contributing factors for the song’s massive success was “Old Town Road’s” spread on the popular lip-syncing app TikTok. TikTok has a fairly young user base and capitalizes on a song’s memetic qualities. And in 2019, the kids love memes apparently.


Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez is a reporter specializing in online gaming and political communities. His work has previously appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM. He is based in Austin, Texas, and you can follow him on Twitter at @NacioMartinez.