Lil Nas X surprises Ohio elementary school kids with 'Old Town Road' performance

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 9:54 AM

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As fans continue to show love to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the singer made a special appearance at one elementary school.

According to, the rapper saw a video posted on Twitter by Lander Elementary School principal Felecia Evans May 23. In the clip, fifth-graders dance and sing along to the rapper’s chart-topping single, which got mainstream attention after Billboard removed it from the country charts in March.

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“I love my job,” Evans wrote. “We ended our 5th grade talent show today with the whole school dancing and celebrating...together!!”

Lil Nas X took notice, retweeting the video and writing, “When they want a free show.”

Less than a week later, the rapper showed up to perform on Wednesday with staff from Complex magazine.

The students erupted in cheers, screams and surprise as the 20-year-old musician appeared on stage at the school’s gym.

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“It was an unbelievable experience,” Evans told WKYC. “Lil Nas made this happen for our students and they will never forget it! I am thankful for an amazing staff at Lander and our Mayfield Heights Safety forces who went above and beyond to make this happen. I couldn’t imagine a better way to end our school year.”

Lil Nas X made a surprise appearance at Lander Elementary School in Ohio to perform "Old Town Road."(Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Wingstop)

At the end of the performance, Lil Nas X tossed out some stuffed toy horses to the students.

Take a look at the performance below.