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Did you see Carrie Underwood’s three-song set at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Wyoming? She was decked out, as usual, in some sweet designer threads — a thick and oversized embellished chambray blouse, a full ankle-dusting jean skirt, topped off with a matching denim-like cowboy hat. Very retro glam. Oh, wait. It wasn’t really an Underwood show. Just a faux show she did on a recent Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. She and Fallon played Jim Carrie, a ’90s duo that sang a style of music called c’rap. “Our music was genius,” Fallon said. “We invented a new genre of music called country-rap.” They opened with a cover of the 1988 N.W.A hip-hop hit “Straight Outta Compton,” then did the 1992 rap tune “Nuthin’ but a ’G’ Thang” from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and then ended their set with “The Humpty Dance,” a 1990 Digital Underground song. I wish I could say that all I did was laugh. But honestly, Underwood’s voice and even Fallon’s forced twang made the songs pretty likable and very infectious. You know. For c’rap songs.