Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” wasn’t the first time Hip-Hop infiltrated Country music. Back in 2004, Nelly released his single ‘Over and Over’ featuring Tim McGraw. Then in 2017 Young Thug released his country-rap album Beautiful Thugger Girls. Each of these three had different reactions in the music industry but “Old Town Road” was the first single that made it on the Billboard Country charts. Just a week after it entered the charts it was removed because it “lacked elements that today’s country music contained.” Nevertheless, the impact of the song has sparked conversations of rather or not artists who aren’t country artists could ever crossover and be accepted into its ranks. Today we will be looking at these songs that managed to fuse the best of hip-hop and country together. It’s a rare occasion, but when it happened it was something quite interesting.
Its almost mid-March and we have already begun to see a consistent flow of new music. So far we have received new albums from Solange and 2 Chainz. B2k’s “Millennium Tour” and Ella Mai’s “The Debut Tour” also kicked off this month and amidst all of that we’ve gotten a good amount of tracks to go underneath a lot of people’s radar. That is when we come in to give you guys this month’s sleeper tracks so far. So let’s get into it.
Growing up in the 90s was an amazing experience for me. I got to experience a time where people still brought music from music stores. While visiting these stores you could listen to some samples from select albums on these machines through headphones. To find new and different music you had to flip through vinyls in crates separated by different categories. The same process was for cassettes and CDs.