Fans thought Blake Shelton threw a ton of shade at Lil Nas X on his newly released track “Hell Right” featuring Trace Adkins.
The song, released on Thursday, August 15, has a lyric in it that references Lil Nas X, 20, and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ historic track “Old Town Road.”
“Then the girl from the small town took off the ‘Old Town,’ put on a little Hank Jr.,” Blake, 43, sang with Adkins chiming in and saying, “Thank God.”
Social media blew up over the situation and slammed Blake in the process.
Jealously is a hell of a drug
— hampian (@iamhampian) August 17, 2019
Blake’s spokesperson confirmed to Variety on Friday, August 16, that he did not take a shot at the “Panini” rapper in his new track. “It’s absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all,” they said. “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.”
The spokesperson added that Blake “talked to Billy Ray and he thought it was funny.”
Lil Nas took notice of the magazine’s article and in a since-deleted tweet jokingly said, “It don’t slap like old town road tho.”
You be the judge: Did Blake shade Lil Nas or not?