WHAT'S ON COWBOY TROY'S PLAYLIST?
A 6-foot-5, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is OK with the strong reactions and endless questions. "I have crazy intentions," he says with a grin, referencing the title of his Raybaw Records/Warner Bros. Records debut album, Loco Motive.
Music, after all, is supposed to be entertaining, and Loco Motive is nothing if not fun. But anyone who thinks the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials or is inclined to dismiss the album as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise.
"People have different paths," Troy says. "I'm not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn't just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don't do something for 15 years on a lark."
Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich's 2004 debut "Horse of a Different Color." And while his admonition to "let go of all your preconceived notions" certainly wasn't the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet.
Troy knows he's challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. "I've never been like everybody else and it wouldn't do me any good to try," he says. "Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they're talking.
"A lot of work has gone into this, and a lot of fun was had in the process. I hope people who buy this record have a good time, but I don't want anyone to think I don't take what I do seriously. Because I do. I'm pretty proud of this record."
FUN FACTS ON COWBOY TROY
What celebrity do people say you look like?
I've been told I resemble Will Smith.
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
Performing Hick-Hop muzik in public!
What three things couldn't you live without?
My wife, my TV and sports.
To learn more about Cowboy Troy, visit his official website at www.cowboytroy.com, and if you're already a fan then make sure you join Troy's fan club at www.hickhopfederation.com.
To meet the rest of the Muzik Mafia, visit www.muzikmafia.com.