Lil Nas X's track, "Old Country Road" found itself at the center of debate after Billboard pulled the track from its country charts.
The song debuted at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country chart for the week of Mar. 16.
"The song is country trap. It’s not one, it’s not the other. It’s both. It should be on both," he told TIME.
When asked on whether he thought the removal has racial undertones, he told them:
"I believe whenever you’re trying something new, it’s always going to get some kind of bad reception. For example, when rap started, or when rock and roll began. But with country trap, I in no way want to take credit for that. I believe Young Thug would be one of the biggest pioneers in that."
Billboard released the following statement after pulling the song from he country chart:
“Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard’s country charts,” Billboard said in a statement.
“When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition. While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.
“Billboard’s decision to take the song off of the country chart had absolutely nothing to do with the race of the artist,” the statement said.