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Rap vs Rock
Two of the Most Popular Music Genres
Rock and rap are two of the most popular music styles worldwide. They both have huge followings and countless talented artists. But which genre do you think is better: rap or rock, and why? You tell us!
Join the ongoing rap vs rock discussion below right away, or scroll down for more information and a short history of both music genres. Don't forget to vote in the poll towards the bottom of the page, either.
Rap vs Rock Discussion
Which is better - rap or rock, and why?
What is Rock?
Rock music evolved from rock and roll, rhytm and blues and country in the 1950s. It started in US and UK and now is one of the most popular music styles in the world. Over the years many rock subgenres were developed by different bands, such as hard rock and punk rock in 1970s, heavy metal and alternative rock in 1980, and grunge and nu metal in 1990s.
Typical rock band instruments are electric and bass guitars, drums and synthesizers. Sometimes groups use stringed instruments like violins or cellos. Classic rock bands usually include the lead singer, an electrict guitarist, a bass guitarist and a drummer.
What is Rap?
Rap or hip hop began in New York in 1970, primarily among Jamaican Americans. It spread outside US in 1980 and became popular in some parts of Europe, Africa, and especially Japan. Rapping (aka MCing) involves the rapper speaking rhymed lyrics to a beat. Turntables, synthesizers and drum machines are most often used in rap performances.
Hip hop has developed multiple subgenres such as the popular gangsta rap, Christian hip hop and trip hop.
Rap vs Rock Poll
Which music style do you prefer?
Rap and Rock Collaboration
While rap and rock are two very different music genres, this didn't stop artists from fusing them (resulting in "rap rock" style) or collaborating to record a joint album. One of the first and most famous collaborations was in 1986 between a hip hop group Run-D.M.C. and a hard rock band Aerosmith, remaking the latter's song with great commercial success. Walk This Way
In 1990s new "rap rock" bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Bloodhound Gang or Rage Against the Machine became maintream. More recently, the rap rock was used as the basis for the new nu metal genre with bands like Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit.
A More Recent Rap / Rock Collaborations
Collision Course mashup album by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Collision Course is an awesome rap & rock joint album by the popular nu metal band Linkin Park and the rapper Jay-Z. It contains six mashup tracks made of songs by both artists. Collision Course has sold over 2 mil copies in US alone and was #1 on the Billboard 200.
You can click the image on the right to listen to the free previews and download the full album in MP3 from Amazon. Please note that hhis is the uncensored version of the album which contains potentially offensive lyrics.