Billy Currington Eyes Country-Rap Trend For Himself

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(Courtesy Mercury Records)

(Courtesy Mercury Records)

Billy Currington spent three years writing for his latest album, We Are Tonight, but the songs he came up with weren’t what country fans would expect. It turns out, they were more hip-hop than hoedown.

“For this project, I was actually writing but all the songs I was writing were coming out hip-hop and R&B,” Currington recently told “A lot of them I’ve been writing with Shy [Carter] over the years. So it just didn’t fit for this album.”

One of the producers on his album, Carter is featured rapping on Currington’s cover of Jack Johnson‘s “Banana Pancakes” and also produced the last track on the album, “Hallelujah.” While fans don’t hear any tracks the two have been writing together on his latest release, Currington said he hopes they see the light of day.

“I think they’re really good,” he said. “Shy is such a great producer and songwriter. The guys he’s been working with I’ve been working with also and as a group we’ve come up with 18 songs that are just sitting there. I never had plans of putting out a different genre or type of music but I want somebody to hear these things. So yeah, we may put them out.”


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