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Country-rap is a genre of popular music blending country music with hip hop music-style rapping. The genre has been identified as a genre for about twenty years, and is referred to by many as "Crap".[1] The style is also known as hick-hop, hill hop, hip hopry, and country hop-hop.

Artists noted for practicing this genre include Bubba Sparxxx,[2][3] Cowboy Troy,[4][5][6], Nappy Roots,[1] and Colt Ford. The country-rap label can also include country-influenced rap rock artists such as Kid Rock and Everlast.

Music journalist Chuck Eddy, in The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, traces the genre's roots back to Woody Guthrie.[7]

Other examples

Nashville based artist Zack Dorr draws repeatedly from his country roots to form catchy "I wanna sing along" rap based country tunes. Individual songs have been cited as examples of rap influence in country as well, such as Toby Keith's 2001 single "I Wanna Talk About Me", which features spoken-word verses recited over an insistent rhythm.[8] The same style applies to The Bellamy Brothers' 1987 single "Country Rap".[1] Neal McCoy has also recorded a rap version of the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies, called "Hillbilly Rap" which includes samples from other rap songs.[1]

"Cowboy Style", a track from Steve Forde's 2006 album Rowdy features appearances by rappers Vanilla Ice and Barney Rubble.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Lawrence, Keith (May 28, 2008). "Bluegrass meets hip-hop at Kentucky school", Chicago Tribune, p. 7. Convenience link.
  2. ^ Bynoe, Yvonne (2006). Encyclopedia of rap and hip-hop culture. Greenwood Press. p. 375. ISBN 0313330581
  3. ^ AMG
  4. ^ Brown, Joe (February 26, 2009). "A little country, a little rap: Cowboy Troy's modern mashup act suits weekend's NASCAR crowd", Las Vegas Sun, p. 7.
  5. ^ Jeffries, David. "Cowboy Troy biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-03.  
  6. ^ Miers, Jeff (January 23, 2009). "Country cruisin'", The Buffalo News, p. G26.
  7. ^ Eddy, Chuck (1997). The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll. Da Capo Press. pp. 126–27. ISBN 0306807416
  8. ^ Farhi, Paul (January 2002). ""Talk": Singing In the Key of Me". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-07-19.  
  9. ^ Potts, Rob. "Biography of Steve Forde & The Flange". Entertainment Edge. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  


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