People advertise their hate about a lot of things on their vehicles. Sometimes, that hate includes 90s music group, Hootie and the Blowfish. During the most recent episode of PEOPLE in the ’90s, a podcast spurred from People magazine, country star Darius Rucker opened up about the first time he saw an “F— Hootie” sticker.
“I laughed my a— off,” Rucker said. “I didn’t care about the ‘F— Hootie’ sticker.”
He explained he saw the sticker on the back of a vehicle as he drove a brand new truck to his new place. And that was before performing in front of 20,000 people that weekend. “That’s a problem you have when things get so big,” Darius Rucker said. “People have to hate it. Or they’re not cool.”
Initially, it seemed Rucker was able to laugh off the sticker and most likely others since. After seeing something, again and again, the object or word becomes just that. It becomes a meaningless symbol, and at a certain point, all you can do is ignore it. However, in a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Rucker’s bandmate and guitarist Mark Bryan said, “Wow, I never even met this guy and he hates me.”
Darius Rucker Expressed His Thoughts on the Current Political Climate
Additionally, Darius Rucker opened up about other, more sensitive subjects during his time on the podcast. Namely, he spoke about race and how Hootie and the Blowfish were perceived since the frontman was a black man and the rest of the group was white.
“It’s really sad to see how we [took] such a step back,” Darius Rucker said during the podcast. “It’s amazing to me how it is now. It’s not even just worse. It’s popular…That’s just absolutely asinine to me.”
Nevertheless, the artist did point out how the country music industry has improved in certain ways. He highlighted that it allows for more diversity in the genre with more demographic representation. Not only that, but it seems country music has made efforts to include newer crossover sounds. Some of these new faces of the genre include Jimmie Allen and Kane Brown, as well as rising star Breland.
“Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” Helped Rucker Break Into Country Music
Once Darius Rucker split from Hootie and the Blowfish, he set out to make country music by starting again at the bottom. He did all kinds of promotions for his new sound. In 2008, the country star broke into the country music genre with his first country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”
Following its release, the hit song soared to the top of Billboard charts, remaining there for two weeks. The song is still prevalent now, as the lyrics are timeless, the emotion real, and the instrumentals as smooth and melodic as a country song is expected to be. The title of the track easily, seamlessly flows off the tongue.
Now, Darius Rucker’s most recent hit is “My Masterpiece” and it still possesses all of the classic sounds of both country music and the style with which we’ve all come to know the country star. And while the title of the song, in particular, isn’t groundbreaking or anything, the main line of the chorus demonstrates the beauty of the song. Rucker concludes the chorus with, “I hope they say my masterpiece is loving you.”