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

They weren't ready.


Ignacio Martinez


Posted on May 30, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:35 am CDT

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.


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*First Published: May 30, 2019, 11:06 am CDT