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Best of country-rap in past 20 years

Best of country-rap in past 20 years

Country rap could be called a maligned genre — that is, if it even constitutes a genreat all.

Collaborations between Nashville stars and rap and R&B artists are trending after Lil Nas X’s unlikely hit “Old Town Road” topped the Billboard Hot 100 last week.

Prior to hitting No. 1, the song gained traction when Billboard made the controversial choice to exclude “Old Town Road” from the country charts, even after Nashville legend Billy Ray Cyrus jumped on a remix of the song. And revisiting the two decades of country-rap that came before it reveals a style of music that’s wholly unique, showing that the two genres’ artists and cultures have much more in common than the stereotypes surrounding both country and rap/R&B may suggest.


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