The ripple effect of country singer Oliver Anthony’s “Rich Men North of Richmond” continues to grow and now a rapper from California has sampled the country tune, showing that the influence of the song is reaching past white country fans.
The rapper, whose real name is Raymond Lott, served in the U.S. Marines, according to Coffee Or Die.
It appears that Anthony’s song really struck a chord with Lott.
“I’m one of five children, and we grew up in poverty,” he told Coffee or Die. “Like, we literally grew up eating government cheese and having to decide between lights and water. We chose water, and then we did our homework in the dark, next to a candle.”
Check out his tune:
@oliver_anthony_music_ rich men north of rich men is 🔥! So much soul and heart. Had to put my spin on it.🌀🎤🐕
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— The Marine Rapper (@TheMarineRapper) August 14, 2023
His own rap lyrics to Anthony’s country tune show just how much the original song very much resonates with him.
This is for the women who birthed our
Daughters and sons and they nurse our
All of our family while we are traveling
And trying to get our paychecks and work hard
I don’t know how much longer I can take this
Only looks like I got half of my paycheck
How can I explain this all to a baby
I know, I’ll read her this statement you gave me:
Dear Mr. Lott, Know you’ve been working daily ’round the clock
Gotta provide for the family you got
But you laid off
Sincerely, your boss
PS I’m sorry
Isn’t that sounding outrageous?!
How bout you go home and say that!
Go to your daughter and tell her you broke
Cause when your boss will give you some change you would take it,
I am not one to just take it
I am not one to be lazy
Earn what I get I put days in
I am just wanting my payment.
(Lord, it’s a damn shame)
This is amazing proof that there is a very serious unrest on this country. And Oliver Anthony’s song is reaching a large number of people from many parts of this country.
In case you missed the original that The Marine Rapper was riffing off of, watch: