Blake Shelton denies shading Lil Nas X in Trace Adkins duet referencing 'Old Town Road'
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In "Hell Right," Shelton, 43, sings, "Then the girl from the small town took off the 'Old Town,' put on a little Hank Jr." Adkins, 57, then quips, "Thank God."
Still, "The Voice" judge denied, through his rep, that he was shading Lil Nas X.
"It's absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all," Shelton's rep told Variety in a statement on Friday. "Blake says this literally has nothing to do with anything at all except how much the song is played. It could have been 'Achy Breaky Heart' or any other (overplayed) song."
(Left to right) Trace Adkins is pictured with Lil Nas X and Blake Shelton. In Adkins' and Shelton's duet, "Hell Right," they reference Lil Nas X's smash hit "Old Town Road," but deny that they were insulting the country-rap phenomenon. (Getty, File)
Shelton's rep added, "Blake talked to Billy Ray and he thought it was funny."
Shelton previously told Billboard of the track, “You can raise hell, or you can raise hell right. It’s about cutting loose and having fun the right way. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles these days, but when I hear songs like this on the radio, I am immediately thinking about being back home and what I’d be doing if I was there. The first time I heard ‘God’s Country’ I was on my ranch in Oklahoma. As a guy who actually lives this lifestyle, ‘Hell Right’ hits me in the soul now just as much as ‘God’s Country’ did then.”
Neither Shelton nor Adkins actually wrote the lyric. The barnburner was penned by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michael Hardy.