As co-host of CMT's Nashville Star
, Troy Coleman might have been expected to stick to the amiable hick-hop novelty of his 2005 debut, Loco Motive
. Instead, his sophomore effort rocks harder than expected--think heavy-metal guitars--and emphasizes the "black" of the title. While hammy barnyard tunes ("Hick Chick" and a dance mix of "I Play Chicken with the Train") raise their feathered heads, Cowboy brings along Angela Hacker, J. Money, and M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold to balance the MuzikMafia shtick. "The Black Buffalo comin' out the box," he warns in "How Can You Hate Me?," a song that seethes with anger: "Some of y'all sayin' Troy ain't nothing but a Sambo." No more, big guy. No more. --Alanna Nash
Cowboy Troy rode in on a horse of a different color thanks to Big & Rich and their Nashville-based genrebusting Muzik Mafia. Creating a new cultural phenomenon and genre all his own hick-hop black Country rapper Cowboy Troy made his major-label debut in 2005 with Loco Motive, which hit #2 Country. Now, with his follow-up album, Cowboy Troy is Black In The Saddle again.