I suppose the line where Church sings (in a rap-like cadence) “the players gonna play and a hater’s gonna hate / and a regulator’s born to regulate” could be construed as classically country (as opposed to music that doesn’t fit comfortably in an outdated paradigm) if you contemplate it strictly through the lens of Young Guns. But I bet Warren G would beg to differ.
Stephen Hyden on genre for Grantland
This quote made me laugh (mostly because I remember singing “Regulate” with my sisters when we were kids) and reminded me of watching the American Music Awards. One of my sisters is not plugged into music, or really pop culture, at all. She primarily listens to R&B and hip hop, but even then it’s mostly from the late 90s/ early 2000s. When she watched the country artists during the awards show—Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan—she commented on how the performance itself resembles those of rap stars. Luke Bryan just needs a hype man.
(also, there is much more to the article and you should read it)