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20 Country Rap Songs That Preceded 'Old Town Road'

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6. I Wanna Talk About Me
> Artist: Toby Keith
> Album: Pull My Chain (2001)
> Spotify plays: 19.9 million

Musician Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me” leans further to the country side of country-rap, yet the song’s rhythmically spoken verses give it an undoubtedly hip hop edge. The song, about a guy who wants his turn to talk about himself with his talkative partner, was a big country hit, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and No. 28 on the Hot 100.

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7. Deliverance
> Artist: Bubba Sparxxx
> Album: Deliverance (2003)
> Spotify plays: 18.2 million

Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx grew up in rural Georgia, a fact that comes through in much of his music. Sparxxx’s 2003 album “Deliverance” is filled with the type of lyrical content that one could find on a country record and also features many of the instrumental sounds, including those of the banjo and fiddle. The album’s title track is among the performer’s most successful songs, reaching No. 22 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

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8. Over and Over
> Artist: Nelly ft. Tim McGraw
> Album: Suit (2004)
> Spotify plays: 47.2 million

St. Louis-born rapper Nelly teamed up with country superstar Tim McGraw on this song about regretting a breakup. The two artists — who had previously expressed mutual appreciation for one another — not only appeared on the song together, but also co-wrote it. “Over and Over” peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.

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9. I Play Chicken With the Train
> Artist: Cowboy Troy ft. Big & Rich
> Album: Loco Motive (2005)
> Spotify plays: 1.5 million

Nashville-based Cowboy Troy is described in his official promotional material as a “six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist.” The musician teamed up with multi-platinum country duo Big & Rich on this 2005 single, which reached No. 48 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The track features Troy rapping over a full country band.

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10. Boss of tha Stix
> Artist: Big Smo ft. Mr. Sneed
> Album: American Made (2010)
> Spotify plays: 1.0 million

Country rapper Big Smo blends twangy guitar and heavy hip hop drums in his song “Boss of tha Stix.” Smo touches on numerous “country” topics in his lyrics, including biscuits, tractors, moonshine, and old dirt roads.

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