Country Rap Artists
List of Top Country Rappers
Country rap music, a genre that has been gaining popularity in recent years, is a blend of two distinct styles, country music and hip-hop. This subculture of hip-hop has been gaining a considerable amount of steam in rural America, especially in the South, with the emergence of dozens of country rappers.
The origins of country rap music can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s, when artists such as Bubba Sparxxx and Cowboy Troy began experimenting with combining the two genres, which became to become known as Hick-Hop. Since then, the genre has continued to evolve, with artists like Colt Ford, Haystak, Moonshine Bandits, Big Smo, and The Lacs further developing the sound and bringing it to mainstream attention. These artists have not only found success in blending the two genres but have also paved the way for future country rap musicians.
Country rap artists continue to encounter obstacles, despite their increasing popularity. Many claim that the combination of country and hip-hop dilutes the core of both genres, resulting a watered-down version of each genre. However, many fans believe that this fusion is a natural progression, bringing the best of both worlds, the storytelling and compelling narratives of country music combined with the beats and wordplay of hip-hop.
Top 15 Country Rappers
1. Jelly Roll
Jelly Roll, a renowned country rap artist from Tennessee, made his debut in collaboration with Hypnotize Minds and Three 6 Mafia affiliate Lil Wyte. Starting his career in the early 2010s, Jelly Roll has evolved into a highly skilled and accomplished artist, displaying versatility by blending hip-hop music with country melodies.
Yelawolf has made a significant impact on the rap scene and has earned a reputation as one of the most influential rappers of our time. He worked hard for years and finally achieved fame with his southern classic Trunk Muzik in 2009. Yelawolf has since established his own brand and label called Slumerican, and has released several classic and successful projects. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip hop, given opportunities to many artists, and has built a loyal fan base.
Upchurch has established himself as a top country rap artist, blending hip-hop and country music to bring a unique sound to rural America. His roots are in Cheatham County, just outside of Nashville, the country music capital of the world. After officially launching his career in 2015, Upchurch has given fans hits like “Cheatham County,” “Country Way,” and the standout single “Can I Get a Outlaw.”
4. Adam Calhoun
Adam Calhoun is a prominent figure in the country rap music scene, often known for his controversial style. He has gained a lot of attention for tracks such as “Die Tonight” with Upchurch, “Racism,” “Crossroads,” “Catch Hell,” and “Whiteboyz” with Tom McDonald. Additionally, he has released over ten solo and collaborative albums.
5. Struggle Jennings
Struggle Jennings, who hails from Nashville, the hub of country music, carved a niche for himself as one of the pioneering country rappers to gain recognition for the country hip-hop genre. Having inherited a rich legacy of renowned country musicians through his family line, Struggle Jennings made his entry into the music scene during the early 2010s, dropping his first album, I Am Struggle, in 2013.
6. Bubba Sparxxx
Bubba Sparxxx emerged as one of the earliest white rappers, following the rise of Eminem. However, he represented the rural side of things. In collaboration with Timbaland, he made his debut in 2001 with the album Dark Days, Bright Nights, and his legacy was established. His catalog has included tracks like “Deliverance,” “Ugly,” and other timeless numbers.
7. The Lacs
The Lacs, a duo hailing from Georgia, have been active in the industry for more than a decade. They are known for blending different genres such as rap, rock, and country, and were among the pioneers of country rap music. Their debut song, “Kickin’ Up Mud,” was released in 2011 and became an instant hit. Since then, they have released over ten albums and EPs, starting with 190 Proof in 2012, and have continue to captivate audiences with their unique sound.
8. Moonshine Bandits
Moonshine Bandits are recognized as the pioneers of the country rap scene, adding a fun and lively touch to it. The hick-hoppers emerged in the early and mid 2000s, and their first album Soggy Crackerz Soaked in Beer was released in 2001. This debut album helped to establish a new subgenre of rap music.
Hosier is a prominent artist in the country rap genre who brings raw and authentic hip-hop to the subculture of rap. He made his major debut in 2017 and has since amassed a significant following with hit songs such as “Long Bumpy Road,” “Redneck Anthem,” “Country Boy Style,” “My Pain,” and “To The Max.”
10. Katie Noel
Katie Noel, hailing from North Carolina, has established herself as one of the leading female artists in the country rap genre. She has successfully blended the essence of country and rural America with the age-old traditions of rap and hip-hop music, making her a standout in the country hip-hop scene. With hits like “Diesel Gang,” “Blood Red,” and “Tailgate Queen,” Katie Noel has proven her prowess and has secured her place at the top.
11. Demun Jones
Demun Jones is a rapper and singer from Georgia who made his debut in 2013 with the track “Country Fried.” His first album, Jones Country, was released in 2014. Since then, he has released several albums, including Beast (2016), Jones In Ya Speaker (2018), The Oven (2018), Demun (2019), Southern Son (2021), and Family First (2022). Demun Jones has established himself as a top artist in the country rap music genre through his multiple albums.
12. Charlie Farley
Charlie Farley, a country singer and rapper hailing from Arkansas, initially drew inspiration from a mixture of all-time greats. He burst onto the music scene with his debut song “Exposed” in 2013. Since, he has went on to release over five albums, starting with Hog Heaven in 2014 and culminating with Long Way Home in 2022, while fans have enjoyed hits like “A Little Too Far,” “Alcoholiday,” and “Fire” among others.
Bottleneck hails from North Florida and has made a significant contribution to the country rap genre with popular tracks like “Home Grown Country Folks,” “Still Ridin’,” “Dirt Road Soldiers,” “Ride On,” and others. Bottleneck, also known as Jacky, initially made his debut with the group Dubblewide, and later gained recognition through appearances on Country Music Television and the hit show Buck Wild.
14. Lenny Cooper
Lenny Cooper developed an interest in rap and country music while growing up in North Carolina. He would later combine these two styles to create his debut song “Mud Digger,” which helped launch his career. Cooper went on to release popular tracks like “Duramax,” “Rodeo,” and “Country Folks,” along with classic country rap albums like Diesel Fuel (2011), The Grind (2014), Dirtified (2016), and Lennyiage (2022).
15. Redneck Souljers
The Redneck Souljers, a duo comprising Fatt Tarr and C-Hubb from rural Tennessee, started their musical journey in 2009 and released their first album, Tiller Gang, in 2013. They have created popular tracks such as “Down The Road,” “I Mow, I Till,” and “Firewater,” along with dropping multiple albums for country rap fans, Hubb Walls (2021), The River (2018), and Firewater (2015).
Honorable Mention Country Rappers:
– Dusty Leigh Instagram: @Dusty Leigh and YouTube: Dusty Leigh
– Moccasin Creek Instagram: @Moccasin Creek and YouTube: Moccasin Creek
– WHO TF IS JUSTIN TIME Instagram: @WHO TF IS JUSTIN TIME and YouTube: WHO TF IS JUSTIN TIME
– FJ Outlaw Instagram: @FJ Outlaw and YouTube: FJ Outlaw
– Brabo Gator Instagram: @Brabo Gator and YouTube: Brabo Gator
– Shotgun Shane Instagram: @Shotgun Shane and YouTube: Shotgun Shane
– Young Gunner Instagram: @Young Gunner and YouTube: Young Gunner
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