Blake Shelton's 'Boys 'Round Here' Video (May 2013)
Given that Blake Shelton had cut the song "I Wanna Talk About Me" before it was offered to Toby Keith, and that Shelton drifted close to hip-hop when he teamed with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone," it wasn't a big surprise to hear him go all-in with the macho backwoods boasting of "Boys 'Round Here," complete with a featherweight programmed beat and a chanted refrain about chewing tobacco. The music video played out the rap-to-country crossover narrative in reverse. At the beginning, Shelton, riding in a jacked-up pick-up, exchanged nods with African-American men in a lowriding Cadillac. Before it was over, those same men had crashed Shelton's barn dance, and brought their Dougie-dancing skills with them.