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Stylistic origins: Rock, Hip hop, Punk, Heavy metal and Funk.
Cultural origins: Mid-to-late 1980s, United States
Typical instruments: Sampler - Bass guitar - Electric guitar - Drums - Keyboard - Turntables - Rapping - Vocals
Mainstream popularity: Has gained some mainstream popularity through crossover artists such as Rage Against the Machine.
Derivative forms: Nu metal
Rap-rock, Rap-metal
Other topics
Hip hop music - History of hip hop music - Timeline of hip hop - Timeline of heavy metal

Rapcore is a musical genre that fuses many elements of hip hop music with the instrumentation and some of the vocal elements of punk and/or heavy metal, and sometimes with funk-style beats. The term is also used to refer to the substyles of rap-rock and rap-metal.


Rapcore developed in the mid to late 1980s alongside similar crossover music genre funk metal. The roots of the style can be found in albums by bands such as Anthrax, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 311 and Faith No More, but the first dedicated rapcore band was probably the little-known Dutch group Urban Dance Squad who inspired the founders of Rage Against the Machine.

Typical in rapcore is either the use of political themes, employed by bands such as Rage Against the Machine, Inner Surge, End7, Senser, and Aztlan Underground, or fun/aggression-oriented artists like Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Crazy Town, Linkin Park and The Bloodhound Gang. The band Zebrahead was recently popularized for their mixture of rapcore and funk/techno elements.

Rapcore artists

(hed) p.e.
Aztlan Underground
The Beastie Boys
The Bloodhound Gang
Crazy Anglos
Crazy Town
Cypress Hill
Dog Eat Dog
Guano Apes
Hollywood Undead
Ill system
Insane Clown Posse
Kid Rock
Kottonmouth Kings
Limp Bizkit
Linkin Park
Methods of Mayhem
Mindless Self Indulgence
One Minute Silence
Papa Roach
Project Wyze
Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Trik Turner
Urban Dance Squad

External links

Hip hop/Rap
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Heavy metal
Black metal - Death metal - Doom metal - Folk metal - Glam metal - Gothic metal - Grindcore - Industrial metal - Neo-classical metal - Power metal - Progressive metal - Symphonic metal - Thrash metal
Other topics
Fashion - History

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Music Sound, v. 2.0, by MultiMedia

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