DJ Vlad and DJ Roc
Raider have release the third installment of the Rap Phenomenon, but
the pair has opted to unite rock-n-roll in Rock Phenomenon, a mixtape
that includes Jay-Z/The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre/ Korn, MOP/ Jimi Hendrix
and many others.
"I did [Rock Phenomenon] for a couple of reasons.
First, I wanted to come out with another official ‘Phenomenon’ mixtape,
but I wanted to switch it up this time. I wanted to keep the same quality and
work from the first couple of mixtapes, but totally change the genre of music,"
Vlad told AllHipHop.com. "Actually, that’s the main reason."
The change comes as Vlad’s 2Pac Rap Phenomenon II
was named the #3 Hip-Hop album of all time by Chris Rock in a recent edition
of Rolling Stone magazine.
Vlad said while commercial radio and video doesn’t always reflect
it, Hip-Hop has long been influenced by Rock-n-Roll and Heavy Metal.
“Early hip-hop was very Rock influenced,” Vlad continued.
“Take a look at Rick Rubin. He produced all the early LL Cool J, Beastie
Boys and some others like Run-DMC and it still works. All the Lil’ Jon stuff,
the M.O.P. stuff – all that really works with Rock. I heard Lil’ Jon is actually
working on a rock album with Rick Rubin right now."
Vlad said he and award winning DJ Roc Raider attempted to show
people just how well the genres of music actually blend together. To further
drive the point home, the mixtape is hosted by Mike Shinoda, front-man for the
platinum plus rock band, Linkin Park.
Shinoda himself recently dropped a Hip-Hop side project as a
member of the group Fort Minor.
“2Pac Rap Phenomenon II is the biggest moving
mixtape of all time, so there was a lot of pressure to live up to the ‘Phenomenon’
name. Every song on this mixtape is produced to death.”
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