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20 Country Rap Songs That Preceded 'Old Town Road'

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11. Dirt Road Anthem (Remix)
> Artist: Jason Aldean ft. Ludacris
> Album: (2011)
> Spotify plays: 5.4 million

Country singer Jason Aldean’s original “Dirt Road Anthem” already had a healthy dose of hip hop in it when it was first released, with Aldean rapping the song’s verses. Its rap credentials were further increased on the remix with the addition of a verse by Georgia rapper Ludacris, whose lyrics include a shout-out to Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers.

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12. Both of Us
> Artist: B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift
> Album: Strange Clouds (2012)
> Spotify plays: 46.8 million

“Both of Us,” the 2012 single from rapper B.o.B featuring once “country” pop superstar Taylor Swift, highlights the major differences between country and rap. The song, which peaked at No. 18 on the Hot 100, shifts from Swift’s gentle, acoustic guitar-backed vocals to B.o.B’s dubstep-tinged rap verses in an almost jolting way.

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13. Accidental Racist
> Artist: Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J
> Album: Wheelhouse (2013)
> Spotify plays: 2.1 million

Country singer Brad Paisley teamed up with rapper LL Cool J for this controversial 2013 song that attempts to tackle modern racial issues. While the song has its detractors, it also has plenty of fans who helped it reach No. 23 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No. 77 on the Hot 100.

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14. Cruise (Remix)
> Artist: Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly
> Album: Here’s to the Good Times… This Is How We Roll (2013)
> Spotify plays: 59.0 million

“Bro-country” duo Florida Georgia Line are among the most prominent acts pushing country in the direction of pop and hip-hop. The remix of their 2012 hit “Cruise” features a rapped verse by Nelly. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100.

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15. Let Your Country Hang Out
> Artist: The Lacs
> Album: Nothing in Particular (2014)
> Spotify plays: 9.0 million

Country rap duo The Lacs, like Cowboy Troy, refer to their sound as “hick-hop.” One of their most popular songs is “Let Your Country Hang Out” from the album “Nothing in Particular,” which charted on both Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top Rap Albums charts. The ode to country living has 9 million streams on music service Spotify.

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