by Kristofer Kay
Between all the layers that make up modern hip-hop, few are as self-explanatory as country-rap. Sometimes referred to as hick-hop or rural rap, its ingredients are simple: Southern, blue-collar culture distilled through rap lyrics and beats. Through mixtapes and local followings, there are more country-rap acts than you might realize (anyone remember Bubba Sparxxx?). But of those looking to emerge from the backwater and into the mainstream now, the safe money bet is on Big Smo.