Nappy Roots' 'Po Folks' (2002)
The Kentucky hip-hop group's biggest single registered on the pop, R&B/hip-hop and rap charts with a message of resilience framed in scenes of rural poverty, and a down-home soul hook sung by Anthony Hamilton over a minimalistic country-blues guitar figure and a laid-back beat. From every angle, it was as thorough an embodiment of countrified expression as you'll find, though the act was solely identified with the hip-hop format at the time. After parting ways with Atlantic and self-releasing a few albums, Nappy Roots was briefly signed to Average Joes' urban imprint AVJ. Watch "Po Folks" here.