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This Rap Fan’s Guide to Metal is Complex

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a rap fans guide to metal

Do you know any rap fans looking to get into metal? Well, boy oh boy, has Complex got an article for you: “A Rap Fan’s Guide to Metal,” a primer on extreme music as it pertains to lovers of hip-hop. Some choice examples of the manner in which this is accomplished:

“A brief note on ‘black metal.’ This is not metal made by black people, rather a Norwegian offshoot of heavy metal who actually took the over-the-top “Satanic” imagery of early ’80s bands like Venom seriously.”

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“Think of [Slayer’s Reign in Blood] as metal’s Yeezus.”

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“Lemmy emerged as the patron saint of all things metal, its Biggie and Pac. (And for the record, Lemmy was up on ‘Ace of Spades’ long before Jay Z.)”

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“It wouldn’t be out of line to compare Metallica to Run DMC, as both contributed heavily to the worldwide acceptance of their style of music, and set the stage for all to come.”

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“[KISS are] a more shameless—and admittedly more influential—version of MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice, a tremendously successful commercial band wishing desperately for critical acclaim that will never, ever come.”

Read the entire thing here.

Thanks: Tommy Stinsonbaum

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