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Mixing rap/hip-hop and metal/rock what do you think?

Asked by Steve_A (5125points) January 26th, 2010

I want to ask what do you think of hip-hop/rap and rock/metal being mixed?

I think there some attempts or bands doing and its really works. Some are doing it and I think maybe one genre covers the other up too much..?

I got to thinking about this after there was question on—-> hip hop/rap

Also if you are one those I only listen rap, cause I am freak’in G or I only listen to real music “rock” then seriously don’t answer with BS.

Only please do turn me onto bands/artist that you know of. I also tend to lean on older music I mean like 90’s 80’s etc….The newer music from 2000 and now is eh okay compared to older music but thats just me.

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whiteroseman's avatar

I like it when it is done well – I recommend the soundtrack album Judgement Night which came up with some pretty odd-ball combinations of bands and, in general, hits the mark.

fundevogel's avatar

I’m not really a fan but I don’t see why it couldn’t work. I like the hip hop blend here and here.

Tink's avatar

Brokencyde ruined it all.

Steve_A's avatar

@Tink1113 Who are they never heard of em….

Tink's avatar

And this

They all have something to do with sex or sucking dicks.

Steve_A's avatar

@Tink1113 Hm guess it was alright…not sure if was even mixing the two though really to me…Not sure what the sex or sucking dicks has to do with anything? lol….

Steve_A's avatar

That Brokencyde sound like they tried to take the vocals from screamo type music and put beats in the back of it, with rap like lyrics which is a far cry from what I was thinking.

Again I don’t think in my opinion they really mixed genres at all there….least from what I heard.

fundevogel's avatar

@Steve_A I never thought of the Beastie Boys as anything but hip hop/rap but Rage is a good call, I forgot about them. I suppose I overlooked the mention of rock in the question and was just trying to think of metal blends. I suppose Cypress Hill would be another, but I was never particularly impressed by them. I course they never inspired the outright dislike I felt for Linkin Park or POD.

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@fundevogel Linkin park and POD I liked both funny you mention I just listened to POD little bit ago, both of them I don’t listen to as much it kinda depends on there song.

I was disappointed in Linkin park they seem to stop pushing the boundaries and growing as a band, and POD I am not sure what happened to them feel off the radar it seems but they seemed more into the music least. Youth of the nation favorite song of mine.

I am listening to Cypress Hill now….I like it so far.

The Beasite boys though the way I see if you incorporate yelling and more statement lyrics with less rhyme/flow and guitar riffs its a little more rock to me.

I had a sample clip of something I did, as an example but they said it was self-promotion so I took it down.

Basically guitar riffs/lead meets hip-hop beats/turntable scratches kinda what I was looking for.

fundevogel's avatar

@Steve_A Eh, I’m probably not you’re best source since I don’t listen to much straight rock anymore. You might like some Massive Attack though, it’s trip hop.

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john65pennington's avatar

Sorry, this mixture will never make a cake. the ingredients are all wrong. rap is losing its taste, metal tastes bad and hiphop creates bubbles in the batter.

Try something else.

fundevogel's avatar

@john65pennington – It doesn’t need to make cake. Maybe it’s a pizzelle. It’s not reasonable to write off an entire genre as a waste of time. It may not be to your taste, but there are good and bad musicians in every genre.

Personally I love cross genre music, it brings something new and distinct to otherwise familiar genres. I mean, folktronica anyone?

evandad's avatar

It’s been done. Some of it is quite good.

Seek's avatar

I’m not into it.

I actually like old-school rap – the stuff that was either a serious political statement, or an obvious joke. The genre today has deteriorated into little better than repetitive plagiarism.

I recently heard a rap song while out and about (and no, I couldn’t name it if I tried) that used samples of Led Zeppelin music. I am willing to bet good money that Zeppelin didn’t see a dime from that album’s release. This is just one example.

The whole situation has left such a rotten taste in my mouth toward the genre, that I don’t enjoy listening to it at all.

I am a fan of metal, but I’m a little on the particular side. I go out of my way to listen for bands that push the envelope. If they “sound like Pantera”, I might as well listen to Pantera, KWIM? I find myself most drawn to the Progressive styles, as well as Hardcore and Punk, with a little good Death metal in there. One could argue that bands like Suicidal Tendencies (love them!) have a “rap” influence, I’d be more likely to suggest that rap artists are influenced by hardcore.

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“I actually like old-school rap – the stuff that was either a serious political statement, or an obvious joke. The genre today has deteriorated into little better than repetitive plagiarism.”

I agree, they have put a bad name and reputation for themselves which I don’t think is fair though to label someone who is considered rap is bad or tasteless though most of it is, it seems. Surely there is still people out there with a purpose ya know?

I also see what your saying about the Pantera example thats a good point as well.

The only problem I have with some metal and even rap bands is there message and vocals are hard to hear they are rapping so fast and yelling ans screaming so much all I hear is music.

but I also understand that it in itself is a style so, I can’t complain just kinda don’t get it I guess…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think older rap and rock/metal can work together. Think Run DMC and Aerosmith. Not so sure about hip hop and rock. I listen to everything, so I’d give it a try. But it’s not an easy crossover.

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