Think rap metal is dead? Think again. While maybe not as overtly obnoxious as your Limp Bizkits
of yesteryear, there are still artists out there who continue to mix and match elements of both aforementioned styles. For instance, take Ill Bill. His sophomore effort, 2008's Hour of Reprisal
, is more rap than metal, but with numerous tips of the cap to metal bands (in addition to cameos by Max Cavalera
, and members of Killswitch Engage
and Bad Brains
), Bill is certainly well versed in metal. But does it all fit together? Not exactly. Both "Trust Nobody" and "A Bullet Never Lies" is your typical tough guy rhymin' and rappin' shtick, while tracks such as "U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer)" and "The Most Dangerous Weapon Alive" namechecks the rapper's favorite metal bands. However, the track that's certain to cause the biggest ruckus is "White Nigger," as Bill talks about the tough life he experienced -- growing up as a Caucasian rapper (and how "Mel Gibson never liked Danny Glover" and "My peoples would have beat the fuckin' shit out of Kramer"). Somewhere, Vanilla Ice
and Fred Durst
are mighty proud of Ill Bill's talents.