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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Rap and the wild west – it seems like a logical combination, right? Both feature fitted hats, burners, a constant stream of curses and a whole lotta whores, so it was only a matter of time until MC’s started trading their Jeep Cherokee‘s for horses. Here are some of them most memorable combination’s of beats, rhymes and leather chaps.
*Pours straight whisky into a dirty glass and shuffles a deck cards*
Not really a big stylistic stretch for Moe Dee, who was already a big fan of Western-style hats and leather trench coats from way back. This was easily the most popular Cowboy rap single ever.
Chuck D famously declared “Motherfuck John Wayne!” but a few years earlier the idea of making records as a rhyme-obsessed John Wayne charactiture seemed like a winner. Even Biggie was a fan of Duke, duke.
Ever see ‘Posse’? Yeah, it sucked. At this point I’d be pretty happy if Mario Van Pebbles fell into a pit of lava. No corny showdown tales here though – Trag is determined to school the deaf, dumb and blind to the history of black cowboys and…that’s about it, actually.
Sadat managed to do the impossible and make a dope album based around his Wild Cowboy crew. With all-star D.I.T.C. production and Money Boss Player guest shots, there was nothing dusty about this record. He also wasn’t try to look like a damn fool trying to ride a horse in the video…
A fan video of the Beastie’s timeless Cowboy Rap classic, made entirely from World of Warcraft footage? So bad that it’s good, and then really, really, really bad again.
A quality showcase of The Outsiderz makes this worthwhile. Jeru’s diss track ‘Black Cowboy’ doesn’t qualify other than for the title.
Worth including on the strength of the video, even though the song itself has nothing to do with saloon brawls. Good to see that stupid fat dookie ropes were popular back then.
Not a fan of Moe Dee’s version? You will be once you witness this clusterfuck. I think I’m gonna hurl.
The alpha and omega of this Cowboy Rap shit. Respect the architect.
Def IV – ‘Outlaw’
No video for this one, but this is easily Top 5 Cowboy Rap status, just because he rhymes ‘Pony’ with ‘Sony’.
Are there any rap gimmick’s you’d like to see return in 2009?
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