No one at Columbia Records can tell Lil Nas X nothing, especially in regards to the promotion of "Old Town Road."
The summer hit is a less than a week away from qualifying as the longest #1 single in chart history (16 weeks). Meanwhile, Lil Nas X continues to reign supreme as our meme-lord. After releasing the song's third remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, and Mason Ramsey, Lil Nas X is back at it with the remix's music video. The video piggybacks off the latest phenomenon in meme culture, a call to invade Area 51.
The meme-savant collaborated with animator SomehoodLum to create a world with gratifying visuals and engaging narrative. Compared to other music videos, Lil Nas X's work always stands out, in that they actually tell a story. (Seriously, the bar is that low). The video features even more cultural fixtures, like Thanos and Keanu Reeves. It's a simplistic but satisfying in its story-telling of a silly adventure.
Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, & Mason Ramsey – Old Town Road (Area 51 Video) www.youtube.com
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Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020.
Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.
It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.
Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."
Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why: