Billy Ray Cyrus has released a cover of LL Cool J’s 1991 classic, “Mama Said Knock You Out.”
The singer transforms the hip hop track into a foot-stomping country romp, filled with acoustic guitar, banjos and his signature southern drawl. “Don’t you dare stare, you better move / Don’t ever compare / Me to the rest that’ll all get sliced and diced / Competition’s paying the price / I’m gonna knock you out / Mama said knock you out,” he sings.
“I’ve always loved that song—as well as fellow Kentucky native, Muhammad Ali—and just the concept of persistence and believing in yourself,” Cyrus said in a statement. “Countrifying it was a joy and I feel like this song is the next segment of my circle following ‘Old Town Road.’”
“Mama Said Knock You Out” appears on Cyrus’ brand-new EP, The Singin’ Hills Sessions – Mojave, which also features covers of songs by Neil Diamond, Rowland Salley and Joe Henry.
Stream The Singin’ Hills Sessions – Mojave, including the LL Cool J cover, below: