“WALK THIS WAY” AEROSMITH with RUN DMC
Aerosmith’s career was on life support in the mid-80’s brought on by a couple of weak albums and the Steven Tyler feud with Joe Perry. Then a stroke of brilliance, collaborate with the hottest rap group on the planet, Run DMC, on a remix of their legendary 70’s hit, Walk This Way. Aerosmith was back on top of the music world and a new blending style of music was born which led to unlikely partners including Anthrax with Public Enemy, Korn with Nas, Busta Rhymes with Ozzy, even Onyx with Biohazard.
“THE BADDEST MAN ALIVE” THE BLACK KEYS with RZA
For the past 25 years, the rock/rap combo has created some epic songs but it’s still going strong. Grammy winners, The Black Keys, recently teamed up with RZA from the Wu Tang Clan for a blistering rocker that screams hardcore rap’s defiant attitude. The song appears on “The Man With Iron Fists” soundtrack. Paying homage to Quentin Tarantino and a modern take on Kung-Fu movies, the motion picture is produced by RZA and stars Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu.
“NUMB/ENCORE” JAY-Z with LINKIN PARK
My favorite current band, Linkin Park, teamed up with one of my favorite rappers, Jay-Z, for a historic CD/DVD, Collision Course, in 2004. The six track CD combined a classic Linkin Park track with a Jay-Z favorite. “Jigga What/Faint”, “99 Problems and One Step Closer”, and “Izzo/In The End” were just three of the innovative mixes. They weren’t just DJ mixes, both Jay and the band re-recorded the songs live in the studio to enhance the fluidity of the new versions. Since 2004, they’ve performed together on multiple occasions.
“DISORDER” ICE-T with SLAYER
The movie, “Judgment Night” featured a soundtrack with ten rap groups teaming up with ten metal bands for one of the most unique CD’s of the 90’s. Musician magazine described the soundtrack in a great way, “Tear down a few walls and it’s amazing what tumbles out”. Here’s a HARDCORE mix of some old school Ice-T, Slayer (including a vicious Kerry King solo), doing a cover of an Exploited anti-war punk anthem.