So, last week I started this new feature #CountryThat, which you are reading right now. This is just me sharing stuff I like, and if you know me, you know that I am obsessed with past pop/rock songs from 80’s/90’s/10’s made country. Last week I shared Anton and the Stone’s ‘punktry’ version of Hoobastank’s The Reason and even Hoobastank enjoyed it ’cause they shared it.
This week I give you an oldie but goodie: Hugo performing Jay Z 99 Problems. This is a case where I believe the imitator surpassed the originator, obviously in my opinion and to my taste. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Jay Z, but Hugo, I bow down to his voice, presentation, musicality, and style. There is something about the way he delivers Blues infused Country or as some people say Bluntry. Although, I am not a fan of dudes calling women bitches….but if you can get past that crass, I am a big fan of artistic expression.
I first noticed Hugo and this song in the movie No Strings Attached, a Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy from 2011. There is a scene at a bar where Ashton and some buddies are discussing his dating do’s/don’ts with texting back booty call babes. Hugo is performing 99 problems in the background. I bought the song immediately and it’s been on my play list every since.
Here on #CountryThat I will personally curate songs that have GONE COUNTRY. I invite you to send me Country versions, fusions, of any popular song in history, or even a Country-er version of a Pop-Country song or a Classic Country song with a fusion twist….just send me stuff you think is cool. I will sift through it, see what strikes my fancy and share here, as well as my other social media sites. Use this link to send me your songs. If you’ve come this far on this post and you hate this idea, I don’t care. I love it and am SO EXCITED to hear what you send me. (See some of my rules below.)
There’s no way I can put Jay Z’s version of 99 problems on this website, but if you wanna know where this cover came from, you can Google it.
HUGO BIO (from wikipedia – couldn’t find anything anywhere else)
Hugo was born in England to M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, raised in Thailand near the Chao Praya River, and now resides in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. He is the grandson of Prince Chula Chakrabongse, great-grandson of Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, and great-great-grandson of King Rama V of Siam. As a teenager, he released four studio albums with the band Siplor, which had several of its records banned on the radio. After moving to London, he became highly influenced by blues musicians such as Howling Wolf, Son House, Robert Johnson and Skip James as well as more modern musicians and bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Dr. Dre, Jeff Buckley, MGMT, Tame Impala, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Devendra Banhart, The Big Pink and Jack White. He achieved recognition when his song “Disappear” was featured on Beyoncé’s album I Am… Sasha Fierce, beginning a series of collaborations that led to a record deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in 2010.
Hugo’s version of “99 Problems,” his first single, was featured in the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy No Strings Attached, in the 2011 remake of Fright Night, and in the pilot episode of the NBC thriller series The Blacklist.
“Bread and Butter” was featured on the season two television promo for ABC’s comedy-drama series Castle. This same song also featured on the seventh season of HBO’s hit series, Entourage.
There really aren’t any rules for what I will consider.
This can be an acoustic original you send me on a YouTube video, maybe something you see at an artist’s show, one of your own shows that you want me to consider, or something you find whilst patrolling the interwebs. I consider this a community effort to find the best versions of songs that someone said, “I am gonna #CountryThat song”. I just need to be able to be embed it. I prefer Soundcloud or YouTube, but send what you got or find and I’ll see what I can do!