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BRELAND, King of Collabs, Invents the Sound of Cross Country

Country rapper Breland poses for a portrait in Atlanta on June 21, 2020. The 27-year-old New Jersey native released his debut full-length record “Cross Country” this month. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File)
Country rapper Breland poses for a portrait in Atlanta on June 21, 2020. The 27-year-old New Jersey native released his debut full-length record “Cross Country” this month. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File)
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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- Country music as a genre has always been a melting pot of influences and cultures, often shifting and morphing to reflect popular sounds and trends. BRELAND’s debut full-length album “Cross Country” builds on that history, interpolating and sampling older songs and bringing in his background in gospel, R&B and hip-hop under the expansive umbrella of country music.

“I’ve gone on and on about cross country being the intersection of country and all these other genres,” said the 27 -year-old New Jersey native. “But when you zoom out from that definition a little bit, and in practice, in reality, cross country is a movement.”