Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

Categories: Hip-Hop, Metal

Take Devastator, for instance, the shining example of how to do modern rap-metal right. These guys have djent riffs in spades, progressive interludes and a rapper with some serious skill in his flow. This is what the genre always sort of had the potential to be, finally being exploited properly.

Then take a band like Emmure, who wear their Limp Bizkit influence on their sleeves. They get a lot of shit for it, yet love them or hate them, are one of the bigger names in metal right now. Front man Frankie Palmeri has always drawn from rapping to influence his lyrics and his vocal style, and most recently they busted out a DJ to put some turntable scratches on the single "E" from their new record, Eternal Enemies.

Far from being the abomination that it by all rights should have been, the track is bouncy and fun, and the turntables take nothing away from Emmure's sound. They are perfectly applied. If you're going to do this sort of thing in metal, this is how to do it.

It's not all gold, of course. Former Escape the Fate front man Ronnie Radke's current project, Falling in Reverse, has started to head in the rap metal direction, and it's pure trash. The reason is that they're drawing from mainstream-radio rap. If you already hate that, like most real hip-hop heads, you're going to hate what Falling in Reverse is doing.

But then you get a band like Hacktivist, who are doing something similar to Devastator and executing the idea very well. A lot of fans are going to be resistant of course, but I for one welcome our new rap-metal overlords.

As long as it continues to be done with tact, like the way Hacktivist or Emmure are doing it, and remains largely removed from the awful cliches Falling in Reverse are attempting to trade in, it should be a welcome addition to the genre. If nothing else, it lends variety to a style of metal that has increasingly become mired by copycat bands and devoid of true originality.

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26 comments
ChrisXtopher Roles
ChrisXtopher Roles

Eh, Body Count isn't really that good. The vocals don't match well with the instrumentals. Maybe for a different type of intstrumentals, but to me it doesn't sound good. Rage Against the Machine, though, they killlllllled it.

Angel Dais
Angel Dais

Ice-T was so freakin' badass at Mayhem Festival!

Cee Major
Cee Major

Then you've come to the right place\U0001f633

Scott Cool
Scott Cool

What about an article on local black metal?

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Ice t just talks he doesnt rap or sing. Lol

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Body Count was shit then and its shit now...Main sales were from the controversy of the cop killer song. Album is fn horrid.

Bill Long
Bill Long

...and really. Ice T didn't rap metal Body Count up. That album was good old fashioned hardcore with a sprinkle of cheese dick ballads for good measure..who could forget this line: "you think it's a game that you play, but the winners lose it all some day".

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

I grew up in the 50's and 60's. I dislike rap. Too much talk of violence and bitches.

Bill Long
Bill Long

Dare I say: Rage Against The Machine? Loved them..and the first Body Count record with Cop Killer. That album is solid.

Wes Slocum
Wes Slocum

Linkin Park isn't rap-metal, they're alternative. And the only album the put out that was actually good, was Hybrid Theroy

Rich Wilson
Rich Wilson

Listened to Metallica , motley Crüe ,ozzy and that was considered metal also a faze of rap nwa , dre now alternative !!

James Muchow
James Muchow

I completely agree with the part about Falling in Reverse. Compete garbage. Limp Bizkit did have a couple of solid albums though.

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