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Jay Z is Faith Hill
Where would Jay and Faith be without Tim McGraw and Beyonce Knowles? But aside from their couple star status, from the fuck-it-all attitude of "99 Problems" and the world-stopping power of "This Kiss," both Jay and Faith crossed over into the mainstream and never looked back.
Nas is Martina McBride
Unlike Jay Z or Faith Hill, both Nas and Martina McBride never really made the big leap into pop stardom. While they're each celebrated as pioneers and impeccable performers in the realms of hip-hop and country, neither have gained the celebrity traction their talent warrants.
Outkast are the Dixie Chicks
Both of these Southern based groups had a huge influence on the formative sound of their respective genres. The Southern sounds Andre 3000 and Big Boi helped popularize in mainstream hip-hop find their counterpoint in the bluegrass that the Chicks brought to country pop.