Texas Rappers Who Rock Out as Hard as They Rap
We know Texas is full of talented musicians from all genres of music. We also know that some artists don't want to stick to just ONE style; they want to branch out & try other styles too. We've seen rockers embrace hip hop & vice versa. Here are some rappers from Texas that have made rock & metal songs of their own.
Megan Thee Stallion
Let's start with Megan Thee Stallion from San Antonio, Texas. We were introduced to Megan's metal side with her new rock remix of "Cobra" featuring Spiritbox including a chorus by Courtney LaPlante.
Now if we can get them on tour together it would be perfect...
Hyro the Hero
Hyron Louis Fenton Jr., aka Hyro the Hero from Dallas, Texas has a very impressive resume with working with various rock artists. Myles Kennedy, Corey Taylor, Chad Grey of Mudvayne/Hellyeah, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Brandon Saller of Atreyu are just a few of names in metal Hyro he's worked with in the past.
Oh and let's not forget Disturbed's David Draiman...
Staying in Dallas, Texas, John Elias Villagran III aka Lil Lotus started his career as a rapper but slowly started making his way into the rock/metal world. He recorded an EP with I Set My Friends On Fire, opened up for bands like Papa Roach & Of Mice & Men on Tour, he's even started his own band in 2020 called If I Die First.
From Houston, Texas, Travis Scott from H Town has released many successful rap albums like Rodeo or Astroworld. Sprinkled throughout his career, Travis has been known to put out a few songs with a rock sound to them: "Piss On Your Grave" & "Never Catch Me" come to mind.
However rock fans definitely know Travis for his feature on Post Malone's "Take What You Want" that features the one & only OZZY OSBOURNE.
And speaking of Posty...
Yes POSTY from Grapevine, Texas, has said numerous times that he loves rock & metal music. Posty would have ANOTHER appearance with Ozzy Osbourne (It's A Raid) but he would also work with Tommy Lee from Motley Crue & he would perform countless rock songs during live shows.
Oh and did we mention he used to have a metalcore band before he started rapping? Yeah... I'd say Posty definitely has rock cred to his name.
Machine Gun Kelly
Speaking of Motley Crue, Machine Gun Kelly from Houston, Texas not only portrayed Tommy Lee in the biopic The Dirt, but he appeared in the song too.
And of course we can't forget about MGK's work with Travis Barker from Blink 182, like his 2022 album Mainstream Sellout.
Bet you weren't expecting to see Vanilla Ice here...were you? Well it's true. The Dallas born rapper worked with former Slipknot guitarist Josh "Gnar" Brainard, Roy Mayorga (the drummer from Ministry) & M.O.D. singer Billy Milano on V-Ice's album Bi-Polar.
Other names featured on the album included the Insane Clown Posse, Chuck D of Public Enemy & the Wu-Tang Clan. Needless to say...this album was definitely a product of the early 2000s.
Here are some more hip hop/rock collaborations with Texas artists:
The Dallas, Texas guitarist St. Vincent appeared on Kid Cudi's song "Maniac",
Queen Bee, Beyoncé (from Houston, Texas) worked with Jack White on Beyoncé's song "Don't Hurt Yourself".
Imagine Dragons released a medley of Khalid's (from El Paso,Texas) songs "Thunder" & "Young Dumb & Broke". I'm not gonna lie... I think we're gonna need another collab in the future.
Even Shaq (yes THE Shaquille O'Neil) even samples Bodies by the Texas metal group Drowning Pool. And no...I'm not lying. LISTEN FOR YOURSELF.
Regardless on how you feel about the songs you just heard, I am thankful that we're seeing artists come together to unite. Whether it's rock, metal or rap... anyone who makes music is all part of the same family: to make music for you to enjoy.
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