#LilNasX caused an uproar in #countrymusic with #OldTownRoad, but the truth is, rap has existed in country music for decades.
“Rap” as we know it today didn’t exist when Jimmy Dean was popular, but spoken word and blues have always influenced the genre. Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean… even Dolly Parton and the First Lady of Country Music, Tammy Wynette, have remained open-minded when it comes to combining country music and hip-hop! ‘Old Town Road’ and ‘The Git Up’ are the result of an evolution. This episode of The Secret History of Country Music shows the evolution of rap in country music through the decades.
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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Lyrics (with Billy Ray Cyrus’ Additional Remix Verse):
Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road / I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more / I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road / I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more
I got the horses in the back / Horse tack is attached / Hat is matte black / Got the boots that’s black to match / Ridin’ on a horse / You can whip your Porsche / I been in the valley / You ain’t been up off that porch, now
Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ / You can’t tell me nothin’ / Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ / You can’t tell me nothin’
Ridin’ on a tractor / Lean all in my bladder / Cheated on my baby / You can go and ask her / My life is a movie / Bull ridin’ and boobies / Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty
Hat down, cross town, living like a rock star / Spend a lot of money on my brand-new guitar / Baby’s got a habit, diamond rings and Fendi sports bras / Riding down Rodeo in my Maserati sports car / Got no stress, I’ve been through all that / I’m like the Marlboro man so I kick on back / Wish I could roll on back to that old town road / I wanna ride until I can’t no more