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Jason Aldean recently felt the need to "fire back" at those who accused him of "ruining country music" after rapper Ludacris appeared at one of his shows.
A couple of weeks ago, Jason sent out a Twitter message  directed "to all u haters" in which he wrote, "If you think I am ruining country music, feel free to unfollow me. Nobody is forcing you to listen."
Before his appearance at CMA Music Festival Thursday night (June 7), Jason explained to reporters what prompted the tweet. "The way that all came about was that we had played Atlanta and Ludacris came out and made a surprise appearance," Jason began. "The next day, I threw out a tweet to him saying thanks for coming out. He did a great job and the crowd went crazy."
Following that, Jason started noticing some Facebook posts criticizing Ludacris' appearance. "They were bashing the fact that I had him out there and said that I was ruining country music and all this kind of stuff," Jason said. "That's when I went on there [Twitter] and said, 'You know, if you don't like what I'm doing, nobody's forcing you to listen.' I just decided to fire back, which I never do."
Jason and the rapper have become friends after Ludacris performed on a version of Jason's “Dirt Road Anthem.” The two have often performed it live since that time.
Jason added that he is working on a new album project and plans to include a diverse range of material on the record. “We have some songs that push the boundary a little bit,” he noted. “It’s got some straight-ahead things, too.”