St. Louis rapper Chingy is “Right Thurr” with “The Woah Down,” a new country-rap tune featuring Nashville duo Meg & Tyler. 

The jovial banjo-and-beats collaboration gives a 21st century take on an old-time hoedown, Chingy told The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network. The chorus rings, “It’s a woah down/ It’s a showdown/ if you don’t know how it go we gonna show you how/ … everybody tip your cup and do the woah down.” 

“Everything just flows,” Chingy, whose real name is Howard Bailey Jr., said via phone. “From the lyrics to the beat … we just made it happen.” 

Watch a music video for “The Woah Down,” released Friday, below. 

Chingy teamed with artist-producer duo Meg Linsey and Tyler Cain in Nashville to cut the song. The two parties connected through one of Chingy’s family members and began “vibing” immediately.

Working with Linsey, a former member of country outfit Steel Magnolia and a runner-up on “The Voice,” and Cain, a producer and songwriter who’s worked with Ashley Monroe and Darius Rucker, Chingy quickly found a hip-hop collaboration with some country twang. 

“I didn’t look at it like I was coming in (to Nashville) to make a country record,” Chingy said. “I looked at it as if I was coming to make some music with other creatives and musicians who love to make music. Coming out of that, we just to happen to make a record that has twangs of a lot of genres.

“‘The Woah Down’ has got some pop in it. It’s got some country in it. It’s got some hip-hop in it.” 

Cain added, “The collaboration felt so effortless, even though we’re coming from these different genres and different worlds.” 

And “The Woah Down” isn’t only a song, Linsey said. Playing off the genre-blending success of last year’s unstoppable Lil Nas X hit “Old Town Road” and Blanco Brown’s buzzy “The Git Up,” the team concocted a dance that Linsey said feels perfect for a self-isolating society. 

“Getting people to do the dance while they’re in quarantine (is) making it this fun thing for everybody,” Linsey said. “It’s just fun.” 

Plus, Chingy added, what’s better than forgetting your worries for a few minutes? 

“If somebody’s upset and that song comes up, I want that song to put them in a better mood,” Chingy said. “I want the vibration and the energy from that record to put them in a better mood.”

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