Bigger than hick-hop

TONIGHT: Details on Muzik Mafia taking over Pops.

OTD PLAYS DEVIL'S ADVOCATE: It was easy for political-leftist, pop-contrarian music snobs to get on the bus for that kindler-gentler hippie-shitkicker schtick when Big & Rich came up -- and it was even easier for actual rednecks, who could nod in the general direction of Gretchen's "Redneck Woman" to prove dey still some good ol' boys, gawdamn. But it kinda made us a little queasy when B-N-R trot out Cowboy Troy, who seems to be in the picture to provide a visual reminder that the cowpokes in question AREN'T RACIST OR ANYTHING. Yes, Cowboy Troy raps. But he raps the way you'd expect a black guy in a cowboy suit rapping to rednceks would rap: pretty fucking weak. Black dude rips off Kid Rock: there's a switch.

Oh, and these dudes claim Troy ripped his "hick-hop" schtick from them:

Asylum Street Spankers, "Hick Hop"
Asylum Street Spankers, "Hick Hop" (some other version)
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