If you thought that the succession of remixes of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ were a *bit much* we’d advise you to look away from your screen now. “PANINI REMIX 1 OF 25 TONIGHT!” he tweeted yesterday.
This was shortly before dropping said remix, which features rap star DaBaby. ‘Panini’ was originally released as a single in June this year, making headlines for its interpolation of Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ (Kurt Cobain has a credit on the composition).
However, the track was overshadowed by the ‘Old Town Road’ remix juggernaut – its official audio version has 46m views on YouTube and 204.5m streams on Spotify, but those figures pale in comparison with ‘Old Town Road’.
However, this month, Lil Nas X and label Columbia Records have turned on the afterburners for ‘Panini’. An official video came out last week and already has more than 49m views on YouTube, with the DaBaby remix set to reinvigorate the track – particularly on the US charts, where remixes count towards the chart-performance of the original track.
Note, it’s possible that ‘1 of 25’ was a joke on Lil Nas X’s part, but given the incoming flood of potential collaborators last time round, it’s entirely possible he’s planning a good six months (at least) worth of new spins on ‘Panini’.