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Is Darius Rucker Too Black To Sing Country?



Former Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker learned that while he may sing what’s commonly known in the Black community as “White music”, he’s still Black.

The popular country singer got into a spat on Twitter after a country music fan told him he should leave the genre to “White folk.”

“WOW. Is this 2013 or 1913,” the singer replied on Twitter. “I’ll take my Grand Ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow,” he added.

Rucker was asked about the incident in an interview with Rolling Stone this week, and offered this response. “I was absolutely shocked. Sometimes people will say, ‘You’re not country,’ and I know what that means, because they can’t be talking about the music. But when somebody says to leave country music to the white folks, that is unbelievable to me … but that’s life,” he explained.

“That’s something that I’m going to have to deal with the rest of my career, because I’m a Black guy in country music and there are people who don’t like that. But it’s not going to make me quit.”

Good for you, Hootie.

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  1. Anthony

    June 21, 2013 at 3:53 AM

    Country music is for anybody and whoever wants to sing it. darius rucker is a good singer but I do miss listening to hootie and the blowfish. Ppl need to stop with all this racist crap gets old after awhile. I’m a white guy and I think he should continue singing country music. Ppl need to grow up

  2. Orenthal Klaw

    October 20, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    That’s right, you go Hootie! Marshall Mathers “stole” a genre from the black folk and did not quit in the face of racism. You jump on that tractor pullin’ hay and manure and drive it like you stole it! Not sure why anyone would pick that genre, but maybe you can change and upgrade it, (If that happens, would it still be Country music?) Tastes are subjective. Most people like Reeses cups but there are probably a few who don’t like chocolate in their peanutbutter. Yankee vs. south, eastcoast vs. west coast, people are very discriminatory when it comes to music.

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