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Rick Perry Kicked Off His 2016 Campaign With This Awesome Rap/Country Song

06/04/2015 01:52 pm ET | Updated Jun 04, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced his second campaign for president Thursday in Addison, Texas, with a rollicking rap/country riff that hit all the high notes in classic Lone Star fashion.

“Rick Perry supporter, let’s protect our border. To hell with anyone who don’t believe in the USA, Rick Perry all the way," a recording of the song proclaimed, as the former governor made his way to the stage.

“I won’t back up. I don’t back down. I been raised up. To stand my ground. Take my job. But not my gun," a second, country verse continued.

“Give me my right to vote. My right to tote. The weapon of my choice, don’t censor my voice,” followed the second rap portion of the song.

BuzzFeed's Hunter Schwarz noted on Twitter that the song appeared to be a play off "Answer To No One" by rapper and songwriter Colt Ford.

Perry isn't the first presidential contender to utilize the genre of country rap on the campaign trail. In 2012, Mitt Romney memorably featured the music of Detroit rocker Kid Rock, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor, at rallies across the country.

Perry also has a bit of a history with making theatric entrances. Before his speech at the 2013 National Rifle Association convention, organizers played a video in which Perry is seen shooting targets with his AR rifle accompanied with a dose of slow motion and heavy metal.

Listen to the Perry campaign song in the video above.

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