(AllHipHop News) Back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s the melding of rap and rock reached new mainstream heights when acts like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, and Korn dominated the charts and MTV’s TRL countdown. One of the top artists of that cross-genre movement now looks back on the rap-rock era in a negative light.
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Kid Rock’s 1998 diamond-certified Devil Without A Cause was one of the leading albums for rap-rock’s rise to crossover success. The Detroit native recently spoke with The Guardian about the sub-genre he helped popularize.
Rap-rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows. But it turned into a lot of bulls**t and it turned out to be pretty gay… If someone says you can’t say “gay” like that you tell them to go f**k themselves. You’re not going to get anything politically correct out of me.
The turn of the century version of rapping mixed with rock was not the first time the two musical styles were combined. Perhaps the most famous early example of rap-rock is Run-DMC collaborating with Aerosmith for the remake of “Walk This Way” in 1986.
Other groups like the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, Body Count, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cypress Hill have blended elements of rap and rock together in their music as well.