Cowboy Troy's 'I Play Chicken With the Train' (2005)
Cowboy Troy's debut single confronted the idiosyncrasy of his image as a black, rapping, country hat act: "People say it's impossible/not probable/too radical/But I've already been on the CMAs/Hell, Tim McGraw said he liked the change/and he likes the way my hick-hop sounds." Troy may well have been the first to self-identify as a hick-hop performer. He faced an uphill battle at the intersection of genre, race and culture, and "I Play Chicken With the Train" didn't do much for his bid to be taken seriously as an artist. If he was a performer before his time then, he made a more timely reappearance this spring with an album boasting features from Bubba Sparxxx and Big Smo.