Billy Ray Cyrus’ iconic verse on his Lil Nas X ‘Old Town Road’ remix would’ve sounded a lot different if the country singer had been allowed to sing about pot rather than diamond rings and Fendi sports bras.
According to a recent interview with Taste of Country, Cyrus revealed that a line he had originally written for his verse was omitted and replaced with a reference to lingerie instead.
During the studio session back in March, the singer recalled penning his verse after he’d “batted around a few ideas” with co-writer Jocelyn “Jozzy” Donald. After 10 minutes of brainstorming, they came up with the line: “Baby’s got a habit: diamond rings and marijuana”.
“I had on a ball cap it was down low, and she said, ‘Well, hat down and you drove across town.’ She said, ‘You looked like a rockstar,’ so I’m just looking for rhyme words, and I was sitting there holding my guitar, just like so. For some reason, I immediately thought it was funny to say, ‘Baby’s got a habit: diamond rings and marijuana,’” Cyrus said.
But apparently, a higher-up wasn’t too keen on the mention of cannabis. “They said, ‘[Keep] everything but the marijuana,’” the singer revealed. “And [Jozzy] said, ‘How about Fendi sports bra?’ I thought, ‘Well, it’s probably good because I don’t know what that is.’” Watch the full interview below:
Cyrus’ remix of ‘Old Town Road’ recently became the longest-running US Number One of all-time, successfully dethroning Mariah Carey’s song with Boyz II Men, ‘One Sweet Day’. The country trap anthem has now spent 18 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.