Fucking Metal Week Starts with Five Great Moments in Rap Metal

You know how bad rap metal has gotten? Kid Rock doesn’t even like it anymore. Even the King of Midwest bad taste has left it behind (he discovered Warren Zevon and Lynyrd Sknynyrd and lowposted one of the laziest rip-off hits of all time).

But before it became emblematic of American decline, rap metal was sort of a promising subgenre. Fred Durst had to come along and ruin it for everybody by surburbanizing it, but at first throwing guitars and rhymes together was a recipe practiced by artsy fartsy types, visionaries and odd, inspired pairings.

Examples follow!

“Rhymin’ and Stealin'” by the Beastie Boys

Sabbath, Zeppelin, the Beasties at their Budweiser-swillingest team-up for a track that mixes pirates with Ali Babi, Mutiny on the Bounty, Betty Crocker, Colonel Sanders and Bobby Fuller. This is one of several truly great Beasties Rap Metal songs, and only barely edged out “No Sleep Til Brooklyn,” “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun,” “Sabotage” and probably more than I can think of right now.

“Raising Hell” by Run DMC

Obviously, a lot of RUN DMC tracks apply here. This one’s a little less played out than the others, and not only has a pretty tight little guitar riff, but also has that nice “There’s no stopping ’cause the rockin’ doesn’t cease. BREAK!” part. Honorable mention: “King of Rock,” “Walk This Way” and “Rock Box.”

“Falling to Pieces” by Faith No More

I think I read somewhere that Mike Patton is ashamed of this tune. If that’s true, I hope he gets over it, because this is a jam and a half. It’s music without borders, with progressive rock and college rock and rap and metal all intermixing. (There’s less rap in it than I remember, though, but the rap parts in “Epic” have aged really poorly, so I’m going with this one. Conversely, “Midlife Crisis” has almost no hip hop influence in it, but sounds as good as ever.)

“Just Another Victim” by Helmet and House of Pain

This was the lead-off track from the soundtrack to the movie “Judgement Night.” The album is a collection of songs pairing rock groups with rappers, with varying success. This was the lead-off track. The dude from House of Pain (Everlast?) doesn’t start rapping until 2:30 into the track. It’s actually a relief when he comes into the song, as he diffuses a lot of frayed, manic tension. Also the sequence “Holy Diver, I’m a survivor/feeling like De Niro in Taxi Driver/With Jodi Foster and Harvey Keitel/Feel like I’m walking through a living hell” deserves a medal for pairing Ronnie James Dio with Travis Bickle.

“Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy and Anthrax

Every other rap metal song that came after this sounded like this only with 70 percent more water.

 

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2 responses to “Fucking Metal Week Starts with Five Great Moments in Rap Metal

  1. Pingback: Metal Week Continues with the Death of Metal | Mister Bulger

  2. nicely done. but may I say:

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