Toby Keith's 'I Wanna Talk About Me' (August 2001)
The fact that Toby Keith had already ventured into rhythmic recitation territory with "Getcha Some" was what convinced Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Bobby Braddock to pitch him a spoken satire of loquacious women titled "I Wanna Talk About Me." Once Keith decided to cut it, the rhythmic flexibility of his phrasing verged on a hip-hop-style flow, and the single sat at Number One for five weeks. He sure looked like he was rapping in the music video's close-up shots. Keith later signed Trailer Choir, a rather gimmicky trio that sometimes rapped, to his Show Dog label. Watch Keith get all tongue-waggy here.