Bellamy Brothers' 'Country Rap' (1987)
David and Howard Bellamy came to country with a proclivity for incorporating far-flung stylistic sensibilities. They dabbled in reggae early in the Eighties, then reached Number 31 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart in 1987 with "Country Rap." It was clear from the song's hook that the brothers meant it as rap rap: "We got fatback/That's a fact/If you don't know, that's a country rap." They chanted their agrarian-themed lyrics in a sly, slack cadence over a seamless, funky groove, and even made what sounded like an oblique reference to "Theme From Shaft." Listen here.