Rappers React to Rock Music

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Rapper’s react to the new rock music that’s coming out and what they think about it.

Rappers Who Enjoy Rock Music

The following is a list of rappers who have been known to enjoy rock music. This does not mean that they exclusively listen to rock, but it is one genre that they are known to enjoy.

-Kanye West
-Kid Cudi
-Lil Wayne
-Tyler, the Creator

Rappers Who Have Dabbled in Rock Music

Some of the biggest names in hip-hop have tried their hand at rock music, with varying degrees of success. Here are some notable examples.

The most successful white rapper of all time, Eminem has often been compared to Elvis Presley in terms of his cultural impact. So it was only natural that he would eventually try his hand at rock music. In 2000, he released The Marshall Mathers LP, which featured the song “The Way I Am,” a hard-rocking track with a metal guitar riff. He followed that up with “Under the Influence,” a collaboration with metal band Limp Bizkit.

Kid Rock
Before he was making headlines for his political views, Kid Rock was one of the most successful rappers-turned-rockers of all time. In 1998, he released Devil Without a Cause, which blended rap and heavy metal to huge commercial success. The album went 13x platinum and spawned the hit singles “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.” He has continued to blur the lines between genres throughout his career.

Ludacris is another rapper who has found crossover success in the world of rock music. In 2006, he collaborated with rock band Fall Out Boy on the remix of their song “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.” The following year, he collaborated with Maroon 5 on the remix of their song “Wake Up Call.” Ludacris has also dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Rappers Who Have Been Influenced by Rock Music

Rock music has been a popular genre for decades, and its influence can be seen in all types of music, including rap. There are a number of well-known rappers who have been influenced by rock music, and their songs often incorporate elements of both genres.

One of the most famous examples is Eminem, who cites British rock band the Beatles as one of his biggest influences. His song “My Name Is” samples the Beatles’ song “I Saw Her Standing There,” and he has also sampled Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and other rock bands.

Other rappers who have been influenced by rock music include Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore. These artists often mix elements of both genres in their music, creating unique and interesting sounds that appeal to a wide range of fans.

Rappers Who Have Collaborated with Rock Artists

In recent years, the divide between rap and rock music has begun to close as more and more artists from both genres have collaborated with one another. Here are some notable examples of rappers who have worked with rock artists.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is one of the most successful rappers of the past decade, and he has also dabbled in rock music. He collaborated with alternative rock band Imagine Dragons on the song “Radioactive,” which was a massive hit. He also worked with U2 on the song “Get Out of Your Own Way” from their album Songs of Experience.

Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator is a rapper, record producer, and fashion designer who co-founded the hip-hop collective Odd Future. He has collaborated with several rock artists, including Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, and Domo Genesis. He also produced two tracks on Beck’s album Colors.

A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky is an American rapper who rose to prominence with his 2013 debut album Long. Live. A$AP. He has collaborated with several rock artists, including Lana Del Rey (“national anthem”), Rod Stewart (“everyday”), and Skrillex (“wild for the night”).

Rappers Who Have Sampled Rock Music

Rappers Who Have Sampled Rock Music

In recent years, there has been a growing trend of rappers incorporating rock music into their songs. This trend is not new, as hip hop has always had a history of sampling other genres of music, but it is certainly more prevalent now than it has ever been. Some notable examples of rappers who have sampled rock music include Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Danny Brown.

What do you think about this trend? Do you think that it is a good thing or a bad thing? Let us know in the comments below!

Rappers Who Have Covered Rock Songs

In recent years, there has been an influx of rappers covering rock songs. While some might see this as an odd pairing, the two genres have actually always had a lot in common. Both rappers and rockers tend to be rebels who defy convention and celebrate individuality.

Here are some of the most well-known rappers who have covered rock songs:

-Kendrick Lamar: Kendrick Lamar is one of the most successful rappers of our time. He’s also one of the few Rappers to cover a rock song and make it his own. In 2015, he released his version of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys.
-Lil Wayne: In 2010, Lil Wayne covered ” ambushed” by Alice in Chains. He changed some of the lyrics to make them more appropriate for his audience, but the overall tone of the song remained unchanged.
-Kanye West: Kanye West is no stranger to pushing boundaries. In 2009, he covered “Heartless” by Finnish rock band HIM. While the original song is a ballad, Kanye gave it a more upbeat tempo and added his signature Auto-Tune sound.

Do you know any other Rappers who have covered Rock songs? Let us know in the comments!

Rappers Who Have Paid Tribute to Rock Music

While it is not uncommon for artists from different genres to collaborate, it is still somewhat surprising when two very different genres pay tribute to each other. This is especially true when one genre is dominant in the mainstream and the other is considered a niche interest. In the past, we have seen country artists pay tribute to rock stars, and pop stars perform covers of country songs. However, it is not often that we see rappers give props to rock musicians.

Interestingly enough, there have been several instances where rappers have shown love for rock music and even gone so far as to pay tribute to some of the genre’s biggest stars. In some cases, the tributes are very direct, with rappers performing covers of well-known rock songs. Other times, the rappers will name-drop specific rock bands or songs in their own tunes, or sample classic rock tracks in their beats.

Below are some examples of Rappers Who Have Paid Tribute to Rock Music:

-Kendrick Lamar frequently references classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in his lyrics. He has also been known to perform covers of their songs during his live sets.
-In 2013, Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt paid tribute to Nirvana with a performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the MTV VMAs.
-Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) frequently sample classic rock tracks on their albums, including tracks by Black Sabbath and David Bowie. They even named one of their albums after a Beastie Boys song (“Run The Jewels 2”).
-Rapper Lil Wayne is a self-professed fan of the band Metallica. He infamously wore a Metallica shirt during his performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards (much to the chagrin of metal fans).

Rappers Who Have Used Rock Lyrics

In recent years, a number of rappers have been known to use lyrics from classic rock songs in their own tracks. While some have been more subtle about it, others have been very blatant in their references. Here are a few examples of rappers who have used rock lyrics in their own songs.

Kendrick Lamar:
In his song “The Blacker the Berry,” Kendrick Lamar quotes the opening line from Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” He also references the Alice Cooper song “School’s Out” in his track “Alright.”

Eminem has used classic rock lyrics in a number of his songs, including Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and Van Halen’s “Jump.” In addition, the chorus of his song “Stan” is based on the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

Lil Wayne:
Lil Wayne quoted Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” in his 2009 song “Drop the World.” He also borrowed a line from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for his track “6 Foot 7 Foot.”

Rappers Who Have Been Inspired by Rock Music

There are many rappers who have been inspired by rock music throughout the years. While some have chosen to stay true to their hip hop roots, others have blended the two genres together to create something new and unique. Here are just a few of the most famous rapp-rock stars out there.

Eminem is one of the most successful rappers of all time, and he has often cited rock music as one of his biggest influences. In fact, his love for rock led him to collaborate with legend Elton John on a track called “Stan,” which became one of his most iconic songs.

Kid Rock is another rapper who has been greatly influenced by rock music. He often combines elements of hip hop and rock in his songs, and he has even collaborated with some of the biggest names in rock, including Hank Williams Jr. and Sheryl Crow.

Linkin Park is a rap-rock band that has become one of the most successful groups in both genres. They often experiment with different sounds and styles, but their music always has a strong message that speaks to their fans.

Rappers Who Have Been Influenced by Rock Music

While hip hop and rock may seem like two completely different genres, there are actually quite a few rappers who have been influenced by rock music. Here are just a few examples.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most popular rappers today, and he has said that rock music was a big influence on his early work. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said that bands like Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine were some of his favorites growing up. He also mentioned that he was inspired by the energy and attitude of rock music.

Another popular rapper, Childish Gambino, has also spoken about how rock music has influenced his work. In an interview with NME, he said that he grew up listening to groups like Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers. He explained that he liked the way these bands blended different genres together, and that he tried to do something similar in his own music.

And finally, Tyler, the Creator is another rapper who has been influenced by rock music. In an interview with Pitchfork, he explained that his favorite band growing up was Linkin Park. He said that their use of both rap and sung vocals was something that he tried to emulate in his own work.

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