Although he's a rapper at heart, the former golf pro is also a die-hard country boy who has co-written such hybrid hits as last year Jason Aldean/Ludacris collaboration "Dirt Road Anthem" (pretty much a melodic rap) and Brantley Gilbert's rip-roaring rock-fueled anthem, "Country Must Be Country Wide."
Ford has not only helped life others to success, he's also had a taste of it himself, as his 2012 album, Declaration of Independence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. "Drivin' Around Song," his track with Aldean from last year, was also all over the radio and Ford's latest single, "The High Life," dropped last month and has also charted fairly well.
The 43-year-old Georgia resident is quite gifted at mergomg the influences of both country and rap, as well as a bit of rock 'n' roll, on many of the albums in his discography. Our sister publication Village Voice described Ford's talents on his 2010 album Chicken & Biscuits, thusly:
He drawls like Bubba Sparxxx against chitlin-circuit swamp guitars, an electro boombox, and chirping insects in "Cricket on a Line," a fishing song that's more just a repetitive chant. "Saddle Up" sounds like Juvenile-style New Orleans bounce at a barn dance; live, he stretches it past 13 jam-festival minutes.
He shares Waffle House patty melts with his long-crunking fellow 300-pound Georgian, Bone Crusher, above a butt-rocking Steve Miller riff on "Gangsta of Love," and swings into even bigger-bottomed '70s biker-barbecue boogie for his new "Mud Flap" and "Ride on, Ride out," the latter featuring old-school principal DMC.
Besides collaborating with hip-hop artists, Ford has enlisted the aid of many kings of country, such as Aldean, Jake Owen, and Eric Church. He writes most of his own songs, however, and told Up On the Sun during a recent interview that he lets the music tell him who would make sense to collaborate on a particular song.