Folks who think Kid Rock has gone too commercial and that the big country and rap stars who have done country-rap tracks haven't built any true momentum for the hybrid genre should love these Jawga Boyz, whose 17-track trip to the Kuntry is all at once hilarious, engaging, infectious, twangy, and soulful. As it rolls long from the funky, harmonica-laced front porch lament 'Dirty for Weeks' through the hypnotic street vibe of 'Buckle Up or Bow Down,' the listener gets the sense of being in a car overheating and conking out in some hick town between Memphis and Nashville. Led by lead vocalist/rapper D. Thrash, the group has been dreaming of the city while coming up in the woods, doing underground projects since the early 2000s. Highlights of this glorious 'hick-hop' explosion include the infectious synth and beat-driven 'Rollin' Like a Redneck' (which happens when country boys talk badass about their white trash life), the twangy acoustic guitar strum-filled autobiographical pop tune 'Far from Over,' and the lushly produced, bragging swagger of 'Ridin' High.' They also use tropical synth touches for a spirited, grooving 'Trip 2 Mexico.' These Boyz are talented musicians, rhymers, and producers - with tongue firmly planted in cheek as they talk about their hood, which no doubt includes some run-down double wides.
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