You defend one thing, you defend it all.

Remember — when Chet Flippo defends people like Colt Ford, this sort of thing is what he’s sticking up for:

“Titty’s Beer” is just hysterical. Initially, you think it’s about something else, but it’s about this guy who want to start a beer company. He finds out that it’s not the taste that will make it successful, but the name: Titty’s Beer. He sells them two at a time. He calls them a rack. “Whether you’re from the country or the big ole city/ One thing’s for sure, everybody loves titties.”

I just don’t know what to say. To the extent that people don’t take country music seriously, it’s because folks in country music take people like Colt Ford seriously. (I cannot tell you how it pains me to see people like Jamey Johnson even giving him the time of day.) How many of them do, I don’t know, but the fact that he hasn’t been run out of Nashville on a rail tells you all you need to know.

And as for Chet Flippo, well, you know how he has lamented certain trends in country as of late, i.e., songs like “Kiss My Country Ass.” Which is funny, because as I’ve said before, you’re not going to be able to isolate certain influences. If you welcome one, well, you welcome them all. The recent history of country and rap, well, it hasn’t really been that good; the adventures of Toby Keith, Cowboy Troy and Jason Aldean come to mind. Fact is, “country-rap” is a novelty, with all the characteristics of such, and it has been that way because of its very practitioners. And as we see here, Colt Ford is doing the very same thing — novelty crap — with a song built off a juvenile bewbeh joke. Maybe it could have been different, but I don’t know. It’s always struck me that certain genres and subgenres have their go-to topics, as I’ve alluded to before; for example, the glam metallers sang about getting drunk and laid, while the thrash, power & prog metallers sang songs inspired by historical events, literature, mythology and fantasy-type stuff. Same with, say, traditional country and “country-rap.” And that’s why it strikes me as disingenuous to defend things like “country rap” out of one side of your mouth and out of the other side bitch about what people are singing about these days. Again, maybe it could have been different; but things are the way they are, and I don’t see them getting any different, at least as the whole “country-rap” thing goes. Of course, there’s the whole problem with it sounding like crap anyway, but I figured that would have been way too general for a blog post…

(h/t Country California)


One Response to “You defend one thing, you defend it all.”

  1. BL Says:

    Toby Keith proves that just because you give your whorses beer don’t mean you ain’t some sort of Okie queer 😉

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