Many artists have mixed country and rap to make an interesting color. Today’s country lends itself to that with pop-like beats and hooky melodies.
Here are five of those country songs that feature a rapper.
“Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line and Nelly
After Nelly covered Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man,” that gave him a name as a country coverer, but “Cruise” gave him that necessary beginning. Certified Platinum nine times over with weeks as the number one on the country charts, the version of the song with Nelly was a huge hit for the rapper and definitely boosted things for Florida Georgia Line.
“Dirt Road Anthem (Remix)” – Jason Aldean and Ludacris
Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” is somewhat of a rap song without a cameo from Ludacris, so the rapper fit right in with the song. Both of these guys are familiar with Georgia child life, where, according to this song, they bonfires, water balloons, super soakers, and (or course) dirt roads.
Aldean’s version sans Ludacris peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Country songs, but who doesn’t enjoy the remixed version?
“Superman” – Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg
What does and old country singer from Texas have in common with a middle-aged rapper from California? Probably not much, but enough to collaborate on a song.
Nelson and Snoop also both openly love marijuana, so it’s no surprise they sing “Too many pain pills, too much pot, trying to be something that I’m not — Superman.” This song is a bluesy tune about humbly realizing that they’re just human, they’re not immortal.
Technically, Snoop Dogg doesn’t rap on this one, but it still ended up on his Doggumentary album.
“Try Harder Than That” – Meghan Linsey and Bubba Sparxxx
Linsey, runner-up in season 8 of The Voice, teamed up with reapper Bubba Sparxxx for this jam for women around the world.
“I wrote it with Corey Crowder and James Otto,” she told The 615. “And it’s an anthem for women, I feel like. I know that people are likening it to the anti-bro-country songs, and I guess there may be a hint of that. However, it’s more about empowering women, and telling guys they need to step it up. That’s the message I was trying to get across.”
The video shows Linsey rejecting several men that are presented to her as possible love matches.
“Thug Story” – Taylor Swift and T-Pain
Swift, who often breaking outside the box of country, stepped into T-Pain’s box. The two superstars joined forces for the novelty video for “Thug Story,” where Swift hilariously tries to sound gangsta.
This song appears only in this video and was never released as a downloadable, or in any way buyable, track. This video is included on the DVD edition of Swift’s Fearless album.