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2 items from 2010


Bizzy Bone Becoming The Latest Rap-To-Metal Crossover

23 July 2010 11:30 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

After years of hits, trials and tribulations, Cleveland's own Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have managed to retain a hardcore following in the hip-hop world. Now it appears as though one of its key players is trying to branch out. Bizzy Bone has signed on to the roster of Sumerian Records, a small Washington, D.C.-based imprint known best for hardcore and post-hardcore bands like Asking Alexandria, Veil of Maya and the Faceless. Bizzy is about to release his latest album Crossroads 2010 (a reference to his group's 1996 smash hit "Tha Crossroads") via the label, and the album is a fusion of rap and rock styles featuring a number of players from the Sumerian roster contributing music. (You can check out samples of the music at Bizzy's official MySpace page.)

Bizzy Bone isn't the first rapper to dip his toe into the world of hard rock and metal. What other hip-hop denizens have »

- Kyle Anderson

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Jay-z And Jack White's Song Will Definitely Be Better Than The Five Worst Rap/Rock Team-Ups Ever

17 March 2010 1:05 PM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

In a recent interview with GQ, Jack White let it be known that he had just recorded a song with none other than Jay-z and that said song is "unbelievable-sounding."

And while we have no reason to doubt the man's word, we're still a bit wary. After all, the last time White ventured outside his comfort zone was in 2008, when he recorded "Another Way To Die" — the theme song to that year's James Bond vehicle "Quantum of Solace"

— which was one part total brilliance and three parts train wreck (though it's possible that the movie itself was the real culprit).

Also, it's not like the history of rock-n-rap collaborations is all that great anyway. Aside from a few watershed moments — like the Beastie Boys' entire career, Run-d.M.C. teaming up with Aerosmith for "Walk This Way," the soundtrack to 1993's "Judgment Night" (Biohazard and Onyx! Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill! »

- James Montgomery

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