Floridas genre-bending Fame on Fire, who released their debut record Levels last year and just followed it up with a deluxe edition, are here to school you in the 10 Best Rock Covers of Hip-Hop Songs.
The s is poised to tear down the last remaining barriers in music and end these pointless genre wars for good. Now, more than ever, music exists in a fluid state, evidenced by Levels, which embraces hard rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B, punk and those djenty rhythms that have begun to infiltrate more mainstream-angled music.
With the increase in nu-metals popularity as of late as well as the rise of trap metal, which is a sort of inversion of nu-metal with aggressive vocals overtaking a hip-hop foundation, we asked Fame on Fire to meet this all somewhere in the middle.
This is far from the typical rock/hip-hop anthems youve heard 1, times over no Aerosmith/Run DMC, no Anthrax/Public Enemy. Were talking fresh covers, a lot of them tackling hits from the last decade in particular.
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Our Last Night - “Hot Girl Bummer” by blackbear
The boys in OLN crushed this one for sure! Super dope riffs and rhythms integrated with a great vocal range from both Trevor and Matt [Wentworth]. Brings out the songs natural rock/emo vibes.
Point North - “Paranoid” by Post Malone
These dudes slayed a top favorite Posty song of ours! This one gets me cruisin hand out the window of the whip type vibe!
Flight Paths - “Robbery” by Juice WLRD
Great cover of a mega catchy song! Vocals are on point, mix is fire, great job all around! Definitely loving the production, this song is in a couple playlists of mine!
The Devil Wears Prada - “Still Fly” by Big Tymers
Its the nostalgia for me! Bringing us back to a time when we didnt give a [email protected] about anything but having a good time! One of the first rap gone heavy covers, the screaming is classic, the drum patterns are iconic! A1 cover always!
Crystal Lake - “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” by Limp Bizkit
Even though this technically didnt start out as a rap song I think Fred Durst would be proud that we chose this! Crystal Lake murdered a classic huge sound, huge riff, big screams and a massive music video! Love this production.
From Ashes To New - “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre and Eminem
Super tasteful cover of probably one of the most iconic rap songs ever! Vocals are solid and stay true to the original yet bring an original flare. When the drums kick in it's go time!
The Animal In Me - “Rap God” by Eminem
Great blend of rap and metal as far as production goes! Screams are harddddd, flows are all on point. Clean vocals are a perfect balance. These guys definitely showed up on this insane Eminem smash!
Headstrong - “Wishing Well” by Juice WRLD
Wishing Well is one of my favorite Juice songs, and these dudes did an extremely solid, clean, rock/metal version! Loving the tones on this mix as well.
Framing Hanley - “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne
THROWBACK! This cover had to go on the list. I remember jamming this nonstop! Lollipop'' is a fun song to begin with, but adding some real drums and big guitars and deep bass? Man, this was a jam for sure, especially when the chugs come in!
Ghost Fight - “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump
Love the approach these guys took on this cover! Screaming hook and singing verses were a great idea! Rides super hard and hard hitting mix, love it!
Fame on Fire - “XO TOUR Llif3” / Lil Uzi Vert
We obviously had to throw our version of XO TOUR Llif3 on here! This song was so much fun to cover. It absolutely changed our careers for the better! Understanding how to incorporate rap/trap/hip-hop elements into our heavy vibes tastefully was the challenge, and we feel we did the song justice! Not to stir any pots or anything, but since this one weve seen a lot of similar sounds/covers/videos not saying anything but kudos to Uzi and TM88 for a smash in the first place!
Rap meets Rock: the greatest collabs & crossovers
Linkin Park and Jay-Z - Numb/Encore
This collaboration between Jay Z and Linkin Park turned a lot of heads in Whether you loved it or hated it, no one could deny the impact it made. It wasn't the first time these artists had played with rock rap fusions, however. Mike Shinoda used to mash up Jay-Z songs with those of Smashing Pumpkins in his pre-fame days, and Jay-Z lent his music to Danger Mouse, who created the legendary Grey Album, a mash up of the rapper's Black Album and The Beatles' classic White Album.
Run DMC and Aerosmith - Walk This Way
This classic collaboration exposed both Aerosmith and Run DMC to new audiences. The original 'Smith track appeared on their album Toys In The Attic, but the hip hop outfit from Hollis, New York gave the rock standard a considerable kick up the arse.
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Beastie Boys started life as a hardcore punk outfit, but soon ditched the guitars and picked up mics. Their rock sensibility meant that they were sampling classic rock riffs instead of drum tracks from old soul records. Sabotage features a huge guitar break and the trio's trademark lyrical dexterity. Plus, it has one of the most famous videos of all time.
Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
Damon Albarn took a risk with Gorillaz. Not only was it a vast departure from his work with Blur (deeply electronic, extremely cynical, and…er…completely animated) but it also included a lot of rapping. Gone was Albarn's Britpop, cheeky-chappy persona, and born was a humble, integral artist who took his music seriously. The verses are rapped by Californian MC (and Ice Cube's cousin) Del The Funky Homosapien.
The Maccabees and Roots Manuva - Empty Vessels
Empty Vessels was already a firm favourite with Maccabees fans - it was, of course, originally called No Kind Words. After their second album had seen the band rise to becoming one of Britain's most exciting acts, rapper Roots Manuva gave the track a gritty reworking. Stripping the melody back to its dark, moody basics, Manuva displayed perfectly how guitar music and rap can fuse together perfectly.
R.E.M. - Radio Song
Kicking off the multi-million selling album Out Of Time, Radio Song is a rant against the superficial nonsense of commercial radio (what COULD they mean?) and features KRS-ONE of the legendary hip hop collective Boogie Down Productions. The rapper went solo shortly after this track gave him his biggest audience yet.
Coldplay featuring Jay Z - Lost
Jay Z's second appearance of this list is quite a departure from his first. When Coldplay became a stadium band off the back of X & Y, Chris Martin became one of the most in-demand rockstars in the world. And what comes with global success? A whole host of superstar friends, of course. Jay Z and Martin struck up quite the bromance (you can actually spot the aforementioned watching Coldplay's headline slot at Glastonbury with wife Beyonce) and the Lost collaboration was the musical result.
Arctic Monkeys and Dizzee Rascal - Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend
n Arctic Monkeys were well on their way to becoming superstars. Their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare had gone to Number 1 and a Glastonbury headline slot was just over the horizon. Comeback single Brianstorm featured Temptation… as its B-side, with Dizzee Rascal lending his gruff London tones to a verse. The two paired up during said Glastonbury performance to play the track live.
Blondie - Rapture
Debbie Harry brought rap to its biggest audience yet in , with this pioneering track. New York clubs like The Roxy were bringing punks together with DJs, breakdancing crews and graffiti artists, and the results of this cross-pollination were spilling out into the mainstream via tracks like Rapture. The rapping may not be the best (in fact she's largely banging on about "the man from Mars" eating "cars and bars") but what it meant to the genre is unquestionable. It also references man about town and graffiti artist Fab Five Freddy in one of the best namedrops in rock.
Over the years, there have been plenty of rap artists who have crossed over and worked with rock musicians. Sometimes Okay, most of the time these rap rock crossovers are pretty bad, and often they’re downright cringeworthy.
There are, however, some gems out there that everyone should check out from classics that opened up the doors, to some killer new tracks.
I've saved you the trouble of hunting these down and wading through the crap. Below are the cream of the crop only. Sure, there's some better underground tracks but we're here for the recognizable, famous acts.
Here’s a look at our Top 10 Rap & Rock Crossovers…
Take a look, hopefully you’ll find some great new songs you haven’t heard before. Please leave a comment and let us know how we did with this list. We’ll probably leave out some songs that you think are obvious choices, so let us know and we’ll include them in a special section.
Busta Rhymes & Ozzy Osbourne – This Means War
This one is border line cheesy and awesome, but it earns a spot at number Fans of Ozzy will recognize the riff from Iron Man.
Busta Rhymes is very well known, after paying his dues and earning street cred in the earlier days, he’s gone on to do some more commercial stuff, for exmaple that song with the Pussy Cat Dolls, but he gets a pass because even when he features on some questionable tracks, he always kills it.
9. El-P & Trent Reznor – Flyentology
El-P is a true innovator in the rap game. At the helm of Definitive Jux records he’s helped usher in an era of backpacker rap, innovate beat makers and handfuls of classic albums. On this track, he collaborates with the man behind Nine Inch Nails himself, Trent Reznor.
8. Chuck D & Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
Sonic Youth are alt-rock darlings, and Chuck D is the driving force behind Public Enemy. Chuck D is one of two artists to appear on this list two times. Find out why…
7. Jay-Z & Linkin Park – Numb/Encore
One of the more popular mashups of late, Jay-Z and Linkin Park fit together pretty well, but then again – what does’t go well with Jay-Z? We’re giving a special mention to the Jay-Z / Jimi Hendix mash-up because it’s epic. However, LP and Jay actually worked together, so it gets the spot on our list.
6. Public Enemy & Anthrax – Bring The Noise
Another early crossover between rock and rap, amongst influential groups in both genres. Only one is still pumping out music and going on tour though (Anthrax).
5. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
This could easily be higher up on the list, but we wanted to leave some room for other artists, but Del’s holding down the fort really strong with two appearances in our top 5, this time in the group Deltron
4. The GZA & The Black Keys – The Drop I Hold
Showing some love to the Wu-Tang camp with this entry, where The Genius teams up with one of today’s hottest rock bands. The Wu-Tang Clan has done tons of collaborations since.
3. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Here’s the only entry that features just one group. Did you know the Beastie Boys started off as a punk band? They blend rock and rap in Sagotage perfectly, here’s another one that could easily be at the top of the list.
2. Run RMC & Aerosmith – Walk This Way
This one gets some special points for being a trailblazer when it comes to unifying these two polarized genres. Both groups were and are still absolute monsters and chart toppers with anything they touch.
1. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Dinosaur Jr – Missing Link
The number one rap and rock crossover on our list is the 2nd appearance of Del on this Top Not as popular as Clint Eastwood, but the flow and the way Del’s able to effortlessly weave his way through the music that’s laid down by Dinosaur Jr is just unforgettable.
Got Beef With These Rap Rock Crossovers?
You don't like our version of Clash of the Titans: Mic vs Guitar? Anytime you take a list of artists and put numbers next to their names and publish it on the internet, you’re going to have some folks who agree and some who disagree. An even funner game is to see which of these lyricists also are featured in the top 10 richest rappers in the world.
Do you think this list is garbage? Leave us a comment using the social media buttons below and let us know, we love to hear feedback! What’s wrong – the order? The names overall? Let us know your own favorites, or even put together a Top 10 Rap Rock Crossovers of your own and send it our way.
Jared H.Jared has surpassed his 20th year in the music industry. He acts as owner, editor, lead author, and web designer of LedgerNote, as well as co-author on all articles. He has released 4 independent albums and merchandise to global sales. He has also mixed, mastered, & recorded for countless independent artists. Learn more about Jared & The LN Team here.
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