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"Country Boy"

From Bubba Sparxx to Nappy Roots to Field Mob, country rap is a well-trod motif in hip-hop. From the sincere to the cartoonish, the backwoods down-south aesthetic has been pretty well mined over the past two decades of the genre. Soulja's "Country Boy," despite the presence of a plucked banjo, has a weirder sound, with a sped-up vocal sample repeating "thank God I'm a country boy!" and a melody that is a little more high-noon Western than it is country. Meanwhile, Soulja's raps don't differ too much from his standard bragging. Weirdly, it's the disjointed nature of the song's construction that makes it unique.

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