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20 Country Rap Songs That Preceded 'Old Town Road'

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16. Workin’ On
> Artist: Colt Ford
> Album: Thanks For Listening (2014)
> Spotify plays: 32.5 million

Colt Ford, who performed alongside Bubba Sparxxx in the ’90s, is another Georgia native who is active in country rap. Ford is the original performer of “Dirt Road Anthem,” which became a massive hit for Jason Aldean. Ford’s sound is well represented in the single “Workin’ On,” which features the musician rapping alongside the sounds of a violin and steel guitar.

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17. Backroads Life
> Artist: Charlie Farley ft. The Lacs
> Album: Hog Heaven (2014)
> Spotify plays: 6.0 million

Arkansas-based rapper Charlie Farley evokes much of the imagery found in modern country in his country rap song “Backroads Life,” with a chorus that mentions mud-covered tires, ice cold beer, and, of course, backroads. Farley has worked with other country rappers, including Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx.

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18. Outlaw (feat. Luke Combs)
> Artist: Upchurch
> Album: Heart of America (2016)
> Spotify plays: 18.0 million

While “Outlaw” may not be rapper Upchurch’s most popular song, it is notable for featuring multi-platinum country musician Luke Combs singing the chorus. The song is a rap version of Combs’ song “Can I Get An Outlaw,” in which he calls for a return to authentic country music, giving as example artists Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.

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19. Family Don’t Matter
> Artist: Young Thug ft. Millie Go Lightly
> Album: Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017)
> Spotify plays: 18.9 million

Lil Nas X credited fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug with pioneering “country trap” in Time magazine. Young Thug’s country influences can be heard in his song “Family Don’t Matter” featuring singer Millie Go Lightly. The song includes an acoustic guitar-centered backing track and the occasional call of “yeehaw!” The music video for the song features the rapper donning a cowboy hat and riding horseback.

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20. Fall in the Fall
> Artist: Jelly Roll, Struggle Jennings
> Album: Waylon & Willie 2 (2018)
> Spotify plays: 5.7 million

This dark country rap song is a collaboration between Nashville rappers Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennings, the grandson of country music legend Waylon Jennings. The song is from the 2018 album “Waylon & Willie 2,” which is a reference to the 1978 album “Waylon & Willie” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

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