Billy Ray Cyrus says Old Town Road almost had a cannabis reference in it
You’ve probably heard of Old Town Road already by now, and even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve definitely heard it. The song has taken the charts by storm — after initially being rejected from country radio for not sounding “country enough” (it’s a rap song by a black guy named Lil Nas X, and apparently racist country fans weren’t having that), the song was rerecorded with a Billy Ray Cyrus verse, and since then it’s become one of the biggest hits in recent memory, sitting on the top of the charts for a record number of weeks. You can hear it for yourself over on YouTube, or like we said, just keep listening — it’s playing everywhere these days.
And it turns out that the biggest song in America right now almost had Billy Ray Cyrus talking about cannabis. Miley Ray Cyrus’ dad tells country radio that when he was asked to add a new verse to the song, he worked with a songwriter named Jozzy (aka Jocelyn Donald), and they put together a line that said “baby’s got a habit, diamond rings, and marijuana.” Unfortunately, the record label didn’t want Billy Ray Cyrus talking about cannabis, and so the line was changed, Cyrus says, to mention a Fendi sports bra instead (which can cost up to $700).
And that’s apparently how one of the biggest pop songs in the world opted not to mention cannabis. We’re not sure what to think about this one — on the one hand, sure, this is just a pop song, and what’s one less mention of cannabis in music, right? On the other hand, this is one of the biggest songs of the year (if not in history), and it sure sounds like the record label straight up censored the mention, instead selling luxury sports bras instead. We’ll tell you this: The next time we hear Old Town Road pop up again (and it probably will), we’ll be mentally replacing the reference. $700 at a dispensary will get you much farther than some overpriced sports bra anyway.