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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 25: Lil Nas X performs on stage during Internet Live By BuzzFeed at Webster Hall on July 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for BuzzFeed)

Lil Nas X — who was a mostly unknown artist a year ago — is on the cover of the current issue of Time magazine.

The “Old Town Road” singer is killing the game right now. His hit song has been N0. 1 on the Billboard 100 Charts for 19 weeks, making it the longest-running No. 1 of all time. Now the 20-year-old discussed that, among other things, with Time magazine.

“Everything lined up for this moment to take me to this place. Not to sound self-centered, but it feels like I’m chosen, in a way, to do this stuff,” Lil Nas X says.

When @lilnasx's debut single "Old Town Road" exploded online early this year and began climbing the charts, industry prognosticators anticipated a quick rise and fall. It's now the longest-running No. 1 song in history, having occupied the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks. It's been streamed more than a billion times on @spotify alone. All of this has made "Old Town Road" the defining sound of the year, a slurry, genre-busting interpolation of two quintessential American musical genres: #country and hip-hop. Yet even from his perch, writes Andrew R. Chow, Lil Nas is still an outlier. There aren't many black stars in country #music; there aren't many queer stars in #hiphop. There aren't many queer black stars in American culture, point-blank. The fact that Lil Nas has risen so far and so fast testifies not only to his skill, but also to the erosion of the systems that for generations kept #artists like him on the sidelines. At a time when debates about categorization and identity are ubiquitous, Lil Nas X represents a more unified vision of the future, one in which a young #queer black man can dominate popular #culture by being unapologetically himself. "Everything lined up for this moment to take me to this place," he says now. "Not to sound self-centered, but it feels like I'm chosen, in a way, to do this stuff." Read more at the link in bio. Photograph by @kelianne for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign; "Old Town Road" (p) 2019 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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Lil Nas X’s rise to fame was fast, and he talks about how he is still adjusting to it. “It gets overwhelming. I just shut down on everybody – I’m still a loner in a lot of ways.”

In the article, he also goes into detail about recently coming out. “I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe.  In June, I’m seeing Pride flags everywhere and seeing couples holding hands – little stuff like that.”

Even though Lil Nax X is riding this wave of “Old Town Road” success, he knows that there is a lot more to do in his career. He explains, “Seeing digital numbers, it’s a good feeling. It goes quickly though.” He adds, “You have to keep going.”