June 7, 2013
Todd plays "Cruise" on the piano
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ft. NELLY - CRUISE
A pop song review
Todd: Let's talk about country music.
- Clip of Dierks Bentley - "Tip It On Back"
- Dierks: Tip it on back, make it feel good
- Sip a little more than you know you should
Todd: And let's talk about hip-hop.
- Clip of Ace Hood ft. Future and Rick Ross - "Bugatti"
- Ace Hood: Oh there he go in that foreign again
- Killing the scene, bring the coroner in
- Murder she wrote, swallow or choke
Todd: And let's talk about the two genres combined.
- That clip of "Accidental Racist"
- Brad: I'm proud of where I'm from
- LL Cool J: If you don't judge my gold chains...
Todd (VO): No!
- Clip from Hannah Montana: The Movie
- Hannah: Pop it, lock it, polka dot it
- Countrify then...
Todd (VO): No! No, no, no, damn it!
Todd: Okay, despite some...notable evidence to the contrary, country and hip-hop can work together. In fact, they've been moving in that direction for a long time.
- Video for Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies and friends - "Boys 'Round Here"
- Blake: All the boys round here
- Drinkin' that ice cold beer
Todd (VO): See, country music is, in a lot of ways, a conservative genre, so naturally it's resistant to more threatening genres like the hippety-hop.
Todd: But on the other hand, let's face it. Hip-hop hasn't been threatening in many years. Who the hell only listens to one kind of music anymore? Nobody. We live in the MP3 generation, everyone listens to everything.
- Clip of Tim McGraw - "Truck Yeah"
- Tim: Got Lil Wayne pumpin on my iPod
Todd (VO): So despite years of vehement opposition, country music is being forced to make peace with rap music, just like it had to do with those long-haired hippie freaks and their rock 'n roll. There was a time when people considered Johnny Cash too rock 'n roll for country music, believe it or not.
Todd: And really...
- Brief clip of Snoop Dogg ft. Willie Nelson - "My Medicine"
Todd (VO): ...shouldn't these two styles of music be able to find common ground? After all, 1., [side-by-side pics of old men, one white and one black] both genres speak to the experiences of the poor and disenfranchised, and 2., [side-by-side pics of Taboo and will.i.am on one side, and pretty-boy country guys on right] both genres don't actually do that because they sold out a long time ago.
Transcript in progress