Nu-metal helped usher me into extreme music, as Hip-Hop influence was one of it’s key elements. Of course, Hip-Hop and Metal collided many years before, though mainly in experimental collaborations. Nu-metal front-men sought to cement this fusion with…varying degrees of success, but the movement ultimately died. Why? Because they were shit rappers. And because they were white.
Rap Metal is a fascinating concept, but the reason it can’t work is because Black People will never accept it. But what if black people created it for themselves?? Maybe. Such experiments were in fact tried, but they still ultimately fell off. Lets take a look at a few examples, and in doing so ask ourselves: Why can’t this take off?
MOP is a legendary underground rap duo who managed a classic breakthrough single. They made a true Rap Metal album, which was basically a remix record of various songs from their catalog rapped with a backing band nobody ever heard of. This to me is the definitive Real Rap Metal sound. Real Niggas. Real Instruments. Real club/headbangers. If you aint feeling this song, you are bitch made.
When I first caught this Bionic Jive joint, I couldnt believe what I was hearing. Straight up emcees with a band conjuring up a lethal track. And dat contemporary political commentary! I never knew much about the band, but painstaking journalistic research has revealed that they broke up a while back but recently reformed. Here’s hoping they can churn out more hotness like this.
The foremost tenant of Real Rap Metal is that its by black rappers. Every rule has the exception though, and SOAD certainly warrants the OTB pass because (1) They create the perfect approximation/evolution of a hip-hop beat made by drums and strings (2) In an abstract way essentially kill the RZA on his own track and (3) Serj is the only OTB artist (aside from Zach DeLaRocha) who can say the word Nigga, mean it, and get away with it because he has such a tight lingustic/rhyme skills. To think what might have been/alternate Fringe universe!
Branching further off my own arbitrary rules, Skindred are more “Reggae Metal” than Rap Metal, but as long as Sean Paul CDs are in the Urban Music section of FYE, I’ll allow it (and I’m scraping the barrel for examples). This is another key tenant to Real Rap Metal: Modular interchangeability- you could just as easily bang this out your speakers rolling down Flatbush as you could clotheslining white kids in a mosh pit, and no one can say shit to you.
I now open the floor on this subject to you Bros. Are their other seminal Real Rap Metal bands that I left out? Was/Is there a Real Rap Metal underground scene with artists who should have by all rights blown up? Keep in mind, there are many bands that bend these rules or touch upon this ideal that I purposely excluded (RATM, Cypress hill, Ice-T/Bodycount) and straight metal bands with black frontmen do not fucking count (Killswitch, Sevendust, Candiria, God Forbid). That said, please let me know who you would consider Real Rap Metal pioneers, and who is still keeping the torch lit. Peace.
Do U think Rap Metal has a future?? Is there a White Rap Metal band that can gain black acceptance?? Which is a better smash: socially alienated mosh pit sistas or booty clappin dance-hall white girls???