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Rap and rock had extremely close ties ever since rap's birth in New York City's streets in the 1970's.  Rockers such as Debby Harry of Blondie and a heavy-metal obsessed NYU student named Rick Rubin (who would co-found the influential label DefJam from his dorm room) were supporters of the music since its earliest days.  Hollis, Queens rap forefathers Run DMC were among the first to meld the musics together, proclaiming their group "The King of Rock" and, in 1986, collaborating with Aerosmith on a remake of the Boston band's old chestnut "Walk This Way".  The huge success of that track paved the way for an entire generation of bands and rappers to follow in its wake. By the early to mid 1990's, rap rock had come into its own as a genre, with groups ranging from the angsty Beastie Boys to the political Rage  Against the Machine, and a great deal besides. During this period came Lordz of Brooklyn, determined to blend the hip-hop they loved with the classic rock of their youth. Rappers too have made significant moves in this genre, with The Roots proving a formidable live act in any genre, and artists such as Jay-Z, M.O.P., and Mos Def collaborating with rock bands.  The future of rap-rock, newly raised again in visibility, looks bright and exciting.

 


 

THE TRANSPLANTS

 

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GYM CLASS HEROES

 

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