The Six Degrees Of Lil Nas X

From time to time I have commented on the strange career (so far) of Lil Nas X. With his first hit being a strange trap country hybrid that demonstrated his love of games and a fondness for finding strange niches and connections between genres, the song was an obvious novelty hit that has become one of the biggest hits of all time, in part thanks to some timely controversy [1], and a second hit that dispelled all attempts to label him as a one hit wonder that further demonstrated his layered approach to music and culture [2], it has been teased that after the success of his debut EP that Lil Nas X is working on his debut album proper and is nearly done with it and looking to release new music as early as next month. As someone who is a part of his “horse gang” cheering on his success, I thought it would be worthwhile to continue my series on artists exploring their connection with other genres and artists with The Six Degrees of Lil Nas X. Although the artist does not have a long career, his savvy use of features has already, even in that short career, managed to connect him pretty tightly with several different genres, befitting his role as a genre-bending artist capable of a diverse approach to music.

Here is the first degree of Lil Nas X, so far (this may be updated if time and interest permit):

Billy Ray Cyrus (Old Town Road remix)
DaBaby (Panini Remix)
Cardi B (Rodeo)
Nas (Rodeo remix)
Travis Barker (F9mily (You & Me))
Ryan Tedder (Bring U Down)

From these artists we already have an impressive second degree of Lil Nas X collection:

From Billy Ray Cyrus:
Miley Cyrus (Ready, Set, Don’t Go and Butterfly Fly Away)
George Jones (Country Music Has The Blues)
Loretta Lynn (Country Music Has The Blues)
Bryan Adams (Hey Elvis)
Glen Hughes (Hey Elvis)
Brett Kissel (Achy Breaky Heart 25)
Ronnie Milsap (Achy Breaky Heart 25)
Johnny McGuire (Chevys and Fords)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Achy Breaky Heart)
Dolly Parton & Friends (Romeo)
Adam Gregory (When I leave This House)
Buck 22 (Achy Breaky Heart 2)

From DaBaby:
DJ Luke Nasty/Luke Nasty (Comin’ Over, Ready, I Did)
Chophouze (F***YouTalmBout Freestyle, Came From Nothing)
BlocBoy JB (Mini Van)
Str8Barz (Crazy)
Locx (I’m A Star)
Quality Control (Baby, Pink Toes)
Lil Baby (Baby, Baby Shower, Toes, Life Is Good (Remix), Do Dat, For The Night)
Saint Vinci (Duck Sauce)
Offset (Baby Sitter)
Zaweso Del Patio (Gucci Bag Latina)
2Sober (Gucci Bag Latina, Coochie Bag, Bust It)
Jungle (Gucci Bag Latina)
Chxna (Coochie Bag)
NRG Rose (Coochie Bag)
20 Vision (Coochie Bag)
Tanya Stephens (Coochie Bag)
Future (Life Is Good (Remix))
Drake (Life Is Good (Remix))
Moonie Music (All I Ever Wanted)
Lil Jr (Struggle Baby)
Just Raven (Struggle Baby)
Zac Keelo (Litty City)
B. HIll (High Rollin’)
DJ Jayy Hawk (Ready)
Ricco Barrino (Ready)
Def Smove (Killa Cam)
Beach Bumz (Bank Roll)
Deejaytrap (Clubbin’)
Jxhines (Clubbin’)
Yung Reason (Clubbin’)
Ja’vee (Came From Nothing)
SKZIY (Hello)
D-Froz (No Time)
NewCharlotte Saint (Wait A Minute)
Gabby Dinero (Blue Strips)
Producer20 (Hotline)
Jayway Sosa (Hotline, Goin’ Live On Em, Wave)
IV Montana (Hotline)
Shawn Scrilla (Sing)
Jerry White (How They Gon Eat)
Stunna 4 Vegas (Animal, No Cap Zone, Ashley, Really, Sticks, Do Dat)
Loudpack Leaf (Juice)
Micmanordj (Goin’ Live On Em)
Kash Addison (Draco)
Str8 Cash Flowz (For The Team)
Eurogotit (For The Team)
G Step (On The Run)
Kam Hicks (Lit)
Ricky Ruckus (Lit)
Roscoe Dash (Lit)
HeroGawd (She The Plug)
Money Counta Nard (Wave)
Young Money Yawn (You Heard Now)
K Dos (Colors)
Baebae Savo (Scared To Book Me)
Garcia Vega (Look At God)
Petey Pablo (Bust It, Buss It Down)
Semi Sixteenz (Double Or Nothin)
YQ Dreams (Did It)
Jamz (Baby Shower)
704 Baggz (BAck Up Off Me)
Succeed Phlyguy (No Cap Zone)
MrPostman (Pamper)
Doobie (Power (Remix))
Icewear Vezzo (Power (Remix))
YK Osiris (Freaky Dancer, Gospel)
Sy Ari Da Kid (One Phone Call)
Paxquiao (One Phone Call)
Ou’ri Cuatros (Bag Mode)
Geezy Escobar (Cool)
Lizzo (Truth Hurts (DaBaby Remix))
YHN Balla (In & Out)
Spiro (Splash)
Gucci Mane (Richer Than Errybody, Gospel)
YoungBoy Never Broke Again (Richer Than Errybody, Jump, Thug Of Spades)
Post Malone (Enemies)
Vic Flair (Heartless)
Gatti800 (Act Out)
Tone Tone (100 P’s)
Shaquees (100 P’s)
D-Major (No Time)
Piles (Boss Friends)
Trippie Redd (Death)
Akevius (1+1)
Blac Youngsta (Like A Pro)
Munk (Suboxone)
Shakewell (Suboxone)
Camila Cabello (My Oh My)
Blueface (Obama)
Charlie (F***** Up)
Hollywood Hemi (On Top)
HotBoy Lil Shaq (S.O.E.)
DaniLeigh (Levi High)
Iamkeynotes (Buss It Down)
Young T (Don’t Rush (remix))
Bugsey (Don’t Rush (remix))
Jack Harlow (What’s Poppin (remix))
Tory Lanez (What’s Poppin (remix))
Lil Wayne (What’s Poppin (remix))
Tyla Yaweh (Stuntin’ On You)
Saweetie (Tap In (remix))
Post Malone (Tap In (remix))
Megan Thee Stallion (Cash S***, Nasty)
Dreamville (Under The Sun)
J. Cole (Under The Sun)
Lute (Under The Sun)
Chance The Rapper (Hot Shower, Gospel)
MadeinTYO (Hot Shower)
Offset (Pink Toes)
Gunna (Pink Toes)
Kevin Gates (Pop Star)
Nicki Minaj (iPhone, Suge (Remix))
Moneybagg Yo (Toes, Protect Da Brand)
Migos (Raw S***)
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Stain, Drop)
Ashanti (Nasty)
Deniro Farrar (The Dealer, Literally)
CFN TrapGod (Plug Best Friend, Really Rich)
Quis Famous (Vert)
DJ E.Sudd (Literally)
Sequence (Literally)
Skully (I Shoulda Told Ya)
N.F.L. Nique (Sauced)
Lil Dre KND (Hiccups)
2deuce Corleone (I’m Used To It)
YajGrindin (In Charlotte)
Rad BlueBillz (Woah)
Lil Waldo (Back End)
YSM Swole (Gimme The Loot)
GetRichZay (Gimme The Loot)
DP Thablazer (Posted In The Trap)
Rizzoo Rizzoo (Koll Aid)
Slicc Da Kidd (Off The Boat)
Mir Fontaine (Hide The Money)
YG (Stop Snichin’ (Remix))
Bandy Boy Shad (Sauce)
Mak Sauce (Do It)
Blacc Zacc (Tuesday)
Ombre2Choc Nation (Suge (Remix))
Young Nudy (Dispatch)
Pi’erre Bourne (Dispatch)
Pop Smoke (For The Night)

From Cardi B:
Migos (MotorSport and Drop)
Nicki Minaj (MotorSport)
21 Savage (Bartier Cardi and Wish Wish)
Bad Bunny (I Like It)
J Balvin (I Like It)
Kehlani (Ring)
Bruno Mars (Finesse and Please Me)
Fat Joe (Yes)
Anuel AA (Yes and Ahora Dice (remix) and La Bebe (remix))
Megan Thee Stallion (WAP)
J.R. (Gimme Head Too)
Cashflow Harlem (Want My Love Back)
Ryan Dudley (Want My Love Back)
Hood Celebrityy (Island Girls)
Josh X (Island Girls and Heaven On My Mind)
Young Chow (Island Girls)
PHresher (Right Now)
G-Eazy (No Limit)
A$AP Rocky (No Limit)
Ozuna (La Modelo and Taki Taki)
Rita Ora (Girls)
Bebe Rexha (Girls)
Charli XCX (Girls)
Jennifer Lopez (Dinero)
DJ Khaled (Dinero and Wish Wish)
Maroon 5 (Girls Like You)
Lil Yachty (Who Want The Smoke?)
Offset (Who Want The Smoke? and Clout)
Pardison Fontaine (Backin’ It Up)
DJ Snake (Taki Taki)
Selena Gomez (Taki Taki)
El Alfa (Mi Mami)
City Girls (Twerk)
Ed Sheerhan (South Of The Border)
Camila Cabello (South Of The Border)
French Montana (Writing On The Wall)
Post Malone (Writing On The Wall)
Rvssian (Writing On The Wall)
Chris Jeday (Ahora Dice (remix))
SZA (I Do)
Chance The Rapper (Best Life)
YG (She Bad and Thotiana (remix))
Meek Mill (On Me)
Blueface (Thotiana (remix))
Black Jonas Point (La Bebe (remix))
Secreto (La Bebe (remix))
Liro Shaq (La Bebe (remix))

From Nas:
AZ (Life’s A Bitch and Phone Tap and Firm Biz)
Olu Dara (Life’s A Bitch and Bridging The Gap)
Q-Tip (One Love)
Lauryn Hill (If I Ruled The World (Imagine That))
Nature (Phone Tap and In Too Deep and DaBridge 2001)
Dr. Dre (Phone Tap)
Puff Daddy (Hate Me Now)
Ginuwine (You Owe Me)
Amerie (Rule)
Quan (Just A Moment)
Will.i.am (Hip Hop Is Dead)
Chrisette Michele (Can’t Forget About You)
Keri Hilson (Hero)
Game (Make The World Go Round)
Chris Brown (Make The World Go Round)
Amy Winehouse (Cherry Wine)
Kanye West (Cops Shot The Kid and Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been))
Hit-Boy (Ultra Black)
RBX (East Coast West Coast Killas)
KRS-One (East Coast West Coast Killas and Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been))
B-Real (East Coast West Coast Killas)
Foxy Brown (Firm Biz)
Dawn Robinson (Firm Biz)
Jermaine Dupri (I’ve Got To Have It)
Monica (I’ve Got To Have It)
Capone (Da Bridge 2001)
Cormega (Da Bridge 2001)
Marley Mari (Da Bridge 2001)
Mc Shan (Da Bridge 2001)
Millennium Thug (Da Bridge 2001)
Mobb Deep (Da Bridge 2001)
Tragedy Khadafi (Da Bridge 2001)
Bravehearts (Oochie Wally)
Artists Against AIDS Worldwide (What’s Going On)
RAkim (Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been)
Damian Marley (As WE Enter and Strong Will Continue and My Generation)
Joss Stone (My Generation)
Lil Wayne (My Generation)
Arlissa (Hard To Love Somebody)
Robin Thicke (Deep)
ThomasTekno (Craze)
Naezy (NY Se Mumbai)
DIVINE (NY Se Mumbai)
Ranveer Singh (NY Se Mumbai)

And through Travis Barker:
Blink-182 (for which he is their drummer)
Yelawolf (Psycho White EP)
Asher Roth (Rawther EP)
Nottz (Rawther EP)
03 Greedo (Meet The Drummers EP)
Cool Kids (Jump Down)
Lil Wayne (Can A Drummer Get Some? and Gimme Brain)
Rick Ross (Can A Drummer Get Some? and Gimme Brain)
Swizz Beatz (Can A Drummer Get Some?)
Game (Can A Drummer Get Some?)
Transplants (Saturday Night)
Slash (Saturday Night)
Steve Aoki (Misfits and Cudi the Kid and Halfway Dead)
Paul Wall (Cuz I’m Famous)
Hopsin Cuz I’m Famous)
Riff Raff (Spazz Out)
Kid Ink (100)
Ty Dolla Sign (100)
Tyga (100)
Iamsu! (100)
Yungblud (I Think I’m Okay)
Machine Gun Kelly (I Think I”m Okay and Misery Business)
93 Punx (3 Years Sober)
Vic Mensa (3 Years Sober)
Wiz Khalifa (Drums Drums Drums)
Run The Jewels (Forever)
Soulja Boy (Crank That Soulja Boy (remix))
Rihanna (Umbrella (remix))
Rich Boy (Throw Some D’s (remix))
The Game (Dope Boys)
Eminem (3 a.m. (remix))
Tinie Templah (Simply Unstoppable (remix))
Royce da 5’9″ (Legendary)
Kid Cudi (Cudi The Kid)
Pitbull (Bad Man)
Joe Perry (Bad Man)
Robin Thicke (Bad Man)
Halsey (11 Minutes)
Lights (Long Live)
James Arthur (You)
Global Dan (Halfway Dead)
Twista (Let’s Go)
Busta Rhymes (Let’s Go)
Lil Jon (Let’s Go)

And Through Ryan Tedder:
OneRepublic (for which he is lead singer)
Avril Lavinge (Right Where I’m Supposed To Be)
Luis Fonsi (Right Where I’m Supposed To Be)
Hussain Al Jassmi (Right Where I’m Supposed To Be)
Assala Nasri (Right Where I’m Supposed To Be)
Tamer Hosny (Right Where I’m Supposed To Be)
Wynter Gordon (Good In Goodbye)
Bubba Sparxxx (She Tried)
Far East Movement (Rocketeer)
Sebastian Ingrosso (Calling (Lose My Mind))
Alesso (Calling (Lose My Mind) and Scars)
Glacier Hiking (Save Some)
Gym Class Heroes (The Fighter)
Cassius (The Missing)
Jaw (The Missing)
Logic (One Day)
Paul Oakenfold (Switch On and The Way I Feel and Not Over)
Baby Bash (Thrill Is Gone)
Vaness Wu (Is This All)
B.o.B. (Never Let You Go)
Zedd (Lost At Sea)
David Guetta (S.T.O.P.)
And this is not including all of the people he has written for, which is a staggering total of artists….

What do we see this from? Although Lil Nas X only, to date, has three entries on the Hot 100 and two songs that are definitive hits from a single EP, that with only one degree of separation that he is connected with hundreds of artists ranging from extremely famous to very obscure who could potentially be called upon through his connections to collaborate on songs. These artists span numerous genres from EDM to rap/hiphop to pop to country, and even world music. Should Lil Nas X want to explore these genres, he knows people who knows people who can help him out in just about anything he would want to create. He has worked with noted songwriters and drummers and artists who have massive credibility and lots of solid connections within the music industry, and it should not surprise us if at lease some of these connections are drawn to help out on Lil Nas X’s debut album. This is not to say that the singles or albums will be a success on the level of his 7 EP and its two big hits (Old Town Road and Panini, for those who are not aware), but it does suggest the ease and speed at which a new artists can find themselves immensely well connected with others so long as they are willing to work nice with others. And it appears, from at least everything I know of him, that Lil Nas X is pretty fantastic to work with. Just like Lil Nas X, we are likely all a bit more well-connected than we realize, if we will only pay attention to it.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2019/04/06/is-that-country-enough-for-you-old-town-road-and-the-gatekeeper-problem/

[2] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2019/09/07/the-many-layers-of-panini/

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