Hip-hop music has been, and continues to be, a pervasive influence on American culture.
Recently, there have been some truly stunning genre-busting cover versions of classic hip-hop and rap songs. The gold standard, for me, is set by Nina Gordon's acoustic-folk cover of NWA's Straight Outta Compton (MP3 link, 2.1 MB.)
But I've just heard one that will give Nina a run for her money. Jonathan Coulton has turned out a remarkable alt.country version of Sir Mix-A-Lot's ode to steatopygia, "Baby Got Back."
LA face with the Oakland booty...