Shearer’s Spotlight: Jim’s Top 5 Favorite Rock/Rap Pairings


Jim Shearer

Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

It was recently announced that Cash Money Records latest recruit, Limp Bizkit, will release a collaborative single next week with label mate Lil’ Wayne. As you may know, the fusion of a mainstream rock and hip-hop act is nothing new in music.

Here are my five all-time favorite rock/rap pairings:

5. “Airplanes,” B.o.B & Hayley Williams of Paramore
This song helped spread Hayley Williams’ wings — at least for me — as more than a front-person in an emo band. Her vocals on the chorus blend superbly with B.o.B’s rhyme flow. This track, about the downsides of fame, was inescapable during the summer of 2010.

4. “Clint Eastwood,” Gorillaz & Del tha Funkee Homosapien
Though we were lead to believe an animated band played this gem in the early ‘00s, it was a genius collaboration between real human beings: Blur’s Damon Albarn, producer Dan The Automator and rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien. It wasn’t hard for the public to latch on to this one; it clicked on so many levels.

3. “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith & Run-DMC
A track that is always footnoted when discussing rap music’s ascension to the mainstream; and a song that is discussed when talking about Aerosmith’s reemergence into relativity. In essence, it’s just a cover song, but a damn good one.

2. “Just Another Victim,” Helmet & House of Pain
The standout track on the underrated soundtrack album Judgment Night, with apologies to De La Soul and Teenage Fan Club’s “Fallin’,” which is also really good.

1. “Bring Tha Noize,” Public Enemy & Anthrax
A re-dux of “Bring The Noise” from Public Enemy’s seminal It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. This version is bolstered with a thunderous instrumental provided by thrash-metal kings Anthrax, and some additional rhymes from guitarist-turned-guest-MC, Scott Ian.

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