Rap rock  

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"Hard rock and heavy metal crossed over to rap, rap rock and r&b in the 1980s. There was Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. with "Walk This Way", there was Van Halen on "Beat It" (1982) and there were the Beastie Boys who included heavy guitars on "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" (1986)."--Sholem Stein

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Rap rock is a fusion genre of rock and hip-hop. It blends vocal and instrumental parts of hip-hop and various forms of rock, including punk and metal.

The genre is often referred to as rap metal or rapcore. These two terms could also be used as subgenres referring to the more heavy-metal-oriented and hardcore-punk-oriented bands respectively. It has also influenced some of the more recent music styles, such as nu metal.


Rap rock or HipRock developed in the mid to late 1980s. The roots of the style can be found in albums by bands such as The Clash, whose songs " The Magnificent Seven," and "Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)" off their album Sandinista! are arguably the first attempts by a rock group to adapt a hip hop style. Other bands to influence rap rock include Kottonmouth Kings, Stuck Mojo, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, (hed)p.e., Run-D.M.C. (along with Aerosmith), D.O.C. along Bride, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, MDMA, Manafest, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, P.O.D., Nonpoint, Biohazard, 311, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Pastor Troy, The Roots, David Banner, Necro, Sutter Kain, Boondox,Last Credit, Body Count, Tech N9ne, Suicidal Tendencies, Zebrahead and Rage Against the Machine were considered as the first wave of bands of this genre to achieve mainstream success. Also it is noted as Anthrax and Public Enemy's Bring The Noise is labeled as the first Rapcore song.

However today's Rap-Rock scene has seen a shift from the hardcore sound of the late 80's and early 90's, to a softer sound. Also, the Latin rap group Cypress Hill is an example of an rap-rock outfit (a prime example is their half hip hop, half rock album, Skull & Bones).

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