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.
When thinking about the hip-hop album of the year no other album comes to mind other than Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. It gave fans an experience that goes beyond music. The album serves as an ode to Houston culture. It’s a seamless collection of experiences that take you on a roller coaster ride. With the release of the album, Travis showed the promise we saw in him since the release of Rodeo.
This weekend we took the opportunity to talk to hip-hop artist Da Deputy about his career so far and his new EP Elinor. The project was released on all streaming services last Tuesday (10/23) and has definitely made an impression on me. The first track, ‘To The Fullest’, was probably my favorite track on the EP and made me want to dig into this project and the artist behind it. Here’s the conversation Da Deputy and I had about his latest project and the road to its release. Enjoy.
Today I would like to show some appreciation to one of my favorite artists Lil Wayne. Ever since the release of Tha Carter back in the summer of 2004 I have been a fan of Wayne. Wayne has been around for a long time in the industry. In 1991 Baby discovered Wayne and ever since he’s been evolving and growing as an artist. Wayne has grown so much over the years he’s even transcended past what we expected from him. Let’s take a look at what Wayne’s done for the industry and what we hope he will do for it in the future.