John Rich is back on top.
JR recently won the Celebrity Apprentice and released a new single with his buddy Big Kenny as Big & Rich. That song is on the countrified version of the movie Footloose due out later this year.
Now John’s recent six pack of songs Rich Rocks is getting more attention as well. One of the songs on that set stands out as something completely out in left field yet pretty cool.
Listen to the rocking country track You Had Me From Hell No featuring none other than rapper Lil John…
You Had Me From Hell No – John Rich & Lil John
Once you get past your initial perceptions of how Lil John will work in country music you might find yourself nodding along. The track is certainly rocking. It’s got plenty of attitude and the subject matter is something I find a little new.
With JR you never really know what you’re going to get. He’s always been out there making music that’s completely different than what every other country artist is doing. For John that’s usually meant rocking a little, rapping a little, and finding music that hits home with a subset (a large subset) of country, pop, rock, and even rap music fans.
The song is about a guy in a bar. Nothing new there, but as the song goes on you find the guy tries to buy a pretty woman in the bar a few shots. She completely shoots him down and you know what? The guy is completely turned on by her cold shoulder.
That’s how it works sometimes. When you get shot down you become obsessed with making the person like you. A lot of people are like that. They enjoy the challenge of trying over and over until they can make a person smile or make them say hello just once.
Beyond the topic of the song is the rocking rap country track. John is no stranger to rap music. He’s been making a living in country music with his own style that’s included rap since his Big & Rich days. The two of them found a bunch of country fans out there willing to rap a chance.
And now JR has Lil John getting played on country fans’ stereos. Go figure, but I think it’s great. Stretch the boundaries, John.
What do you think of the song?