List: Five Metal Covers of Hip-Hip Songs Worth Checking Out
Sure, "rap-metal" has become something of a dirty term since the subgenre’s 90s heyday. But what about when metal bands take on actual hip-hop classics? Here are five covers worth checking out.
1. Anthrax – "Bring the Noise" / “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”
The New York thrashers’s version of Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” is perhaps the most famous metal cover of a hip-hop song. Less well known is their version of the Beastie Boys’ “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun,” which appeared on the 1993 album ‘The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience.’
2. Five Finger Death Punch – “Mama Said Knock You Out”
FFDP covered the LL Cool J hip-hop classic on 2013’s ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1.’ They also got rapper Tech N9ne to guest on it. Here they are playing the song live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
3. Machine Head – “Colors”
Machine Head’s cover of this Ice-T song, the title track to the 1988 movie of the same name, appeared as a bonus cut on their second album, 1997’s ‘The More Things Change…’ Unlike most metal bands, they played it pretty close to the original, holding back on the distorted guitars and with Robb Flynn rapping instead of screaming the lyrics.
4. Throwdown – “Baby Got Back”
The long-running OC metalcore act covered Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” for 2001’s ‘Too Legit for the Pit: Hardcore Takes the Rap.’
5. Korn – “Wicked”
Korn’s cover of Ice Cube’s “Wicked” appeared on their second album, 1996’s ‘Life is Peachy.’ Keep an ear out for the guest vocals from Deftones’ Chino Moreno.