Fortunately they don?t travel well, but American rap-rock crews are here to stay – at least for this summer, anyhow.
But are you REALLY going to be listening to that Limp Bizkit album in a couple of year’s time? This is the next contender, the seven-man crew is built around the nucleus of Epic Mazur and Shifty Shellshock, two Californians who have been writing and together for six years after Epic worked with the nascent Black Eyed Peas and Shifty had a magic moment in Mexico when he realised the direction he should take in life while listening to Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill.
Maybe the thing he learned was from Rhyming and Stealing because not only is the single a Chili Pepper rip-off but there are two other uncredited samples or lifts as well. ‘Darkside’ has a celebratory funk feel that sounds like Prince covering a Glitter Band song with Eminem on vocals, before turning into a glorious metal riff feast halfway through, but those highlights are few and far between, as the loops of the heard that before rock you gently to sleep.