The Rock Side of Hip Hop

There’s always been an attraction, in my opinion, between the two worlds of Rock and Hip Hop/Rap, especially in the 80s, when fun and creativity were a must to keep the masses entertained – with videos, gigs, parties and so on. It all began with a great collaboration: Aerosmith with Run DMC in Walk this way– a song that was, as a matter of fact, funky rock in its original version- with the spoken verses, the funky riffs and a great opening riff- Hip hop songs like Tone Loc -Funky Cold Medina are fantastic examples of how the samples of a few great rock bands (Kiss, Rolling Stones. Foreigner) and a funky classic (Funkadelic’s Get off your ass and jam) can function as the main (and almost only) arrangements of a great, energetic track. Add some “cowbell” and simple drums and the vocals of Tone Loc make this song shine. Tone Loc was famous and another song that I wanna talk about it Wild thing, that uses a sample of Van Halen‘s “Jamie’s Cryin’” and it reminds me of Hendrix, for more reasons…Another song that I want to remember is one that has got one of my fave and most famous rock riffs of all time: No sleep till Brooklyn by the faboulous Beastie Boys (check also their hit “Fight for your right”. OK thats all folks, I’m coming back later in the day for new hip hop tracks with rock riffs

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