“Old Town Road” is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X, first released independently on December 3, 2018. After gaining popularity, the single was re-released by major label Columbia Records, which now distributes the single. Lil Nas X also recorded a remix with American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released on April 5, 2019. Both the original and remix were included on Lil Nas X’s debut EP, 7 (2019).
Dutch record producer YoungKio produced the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in 2018. It features a sample of the instrumental piece “34 Ghosts IV” by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which is placed behind trap-style Roland TR-808 drums and bass. Lil Nas X purchased the instrumental for USD$30 and recorded “Old Town Road” in one day. At the time, he had been living with his sister after dropping out of college; his real world struggles served as an influence on some of the lyrics.