“I like everything except rap and country.” Those are fightin’ words in the South, where the genres have deep roots. Here, a sampling (get it?) of tracks where hip hop and country collide. As usual, we've also included a ready to play list of all the songs below.
1. Bubba Sparxxx: “Ugly”
This pioneer of country hip hop teamed up with rapper-producer Timbaland for this 2001 tune.
2. KLM and Tammy Wynette: “Justified and Ancient”
Decades before Taylor Swift dabbled in rap, the First Lady of Country lent her vocals to this 1991 KLM remix.
3. Bellamy Brothers: “Country Rap”
Way back in 1987, this traditional country duo dabbled in “hillbilly rap.”
4. Tim McGraw and Nelly: “Over and Over”
This catchy tune from the unlikely duo made it to number three on the Billboard charts.
5. Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly: “Cruise”
Nelly not only offered his vocals to this remix, but toured with the popular bro country band in both 2014 and 2017.
6. B.o.B. and Taylor Swift: “Both of Us”
The country-pop superstar’s collaboration with the Atlanta-based rapper includes hip hop, country rap, and dubstep influences.
7. Beyoncé and Dixie Chicks: “Daddy Lessons”
Queen Bey got in touch with her country side and teamed up with the Dixie Chicks on this track from her seminal Lemonade LP.
8. Sam Hunt: “Breakup in a Small Town”
This Georgia-born former college quarterback seamless weaves R&B and hip hop sounds into songs like this one from his 2014 debut album Montevallo.
9. Jason Aldean: “Dirt Road Anthem”
The country star often dabbles in rap styling, including in this hit, which he performed with Ludacris at the 2011 CMT Awards.
10. Two Down featuring H.A.W.K: “Country Rap Tune”
This 2000 track is self-explanatory.
11. The Lacs featuring J.J. Longhorn and Colt Ford: “Field Party”
This Southern duo — their name is short for “loud ass crackers” — joined forces with fellow country rap artists for this undeniable country anthem.
12. Colt Ford featuring Bone Crusher: “Gangsta of Love”
This golfer turned country singer enlisted fellow Georgia resident and rapper Bone Crusher for this song off his debut album.
13. Brad Paisley featuring LL Cool J: “Accidental Racist”
Paisley tackled tough topics with some help from the veteran rapper-actor in this 2013 track.
14. Greg Street and Nappy Roots: “Good Day”
This Kentucky-based quartet serves up a little bit of country and a lot of rap in tunes like this one.
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