In a now rap-dominated industry, the rise, fall, and second rise of rock and roll is even more intriguing for music fans. Artists like Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker have brought guitars back to the mainstream, helping bridge the gap between general listeners and the musicians who have been rocking out for years. Here are six songs that combine rock with elements of hip-hop!
Bakar – “Handful”
British alt artist Bakar combines hard-hitting beats with rhythmic guitars on “Handful,” a song describing a high-maintenance girl he’s losing interest in. His vocals have a casual cadence that make the lyrics feel more like a conversation between friends, forming a connection with the listener by the end of the first verse. Learn more about Bakar on Facebook and Twitter!
BLACKSTARKIDS – “JUNO”
BLACKSTARKIDS tackle growing pains, moving on from past hurt, and losing close friends on the upbeat “JUNO,” which the three-piece describes as “one of the more personal and reflective moments” on their upcoming debut album, Puppies Forever. Drawing from artists like Outkast and Smashing Pumpkins, there’s a sense of nostalgia that peeks through BLACKSTARKIDS’ music, serving as a fun celebration of their past while helping them mold a future they can be proud of. Connect with the group on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
BLKHRT – “1 STP AWY”
BLKHRT’s debut single is a Linkin Park-esque testament to proving skeptics wrong and making your dreams come true. Indiana natives Josh Ryan and Zeke Vasquez have known each other for over ten years and both played in several bands growing up (often together), with Ryan fronting Chin Up Kid and Vasquez playing bass in Islander. These musical connections and years of friendship are part of what makes “1 STP AWY” such a poignant, moving track, and BLKHRT a duo you’ll hear lots more from in the years to come. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and their official website!
Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes – “Go Get a Tattoo”
The quirky “Go Get a Tattoo” and its trippy music video are a tribute to frontman Frank Carter’s love of tattooing – he was getting ready to open his own Rose Of Mercy shop when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK – that also tackle dismal current events and the importance of staying hopeful. As Carter puts it, “if you are stuck in a rut, or you need to mark a big moment, or you fancy a permanent change, or you just want to look cooler, look for the rose.” Check out Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and their official website ahead of their October album release!
Katastro – “Pocket Fulla”
“Pocket Fulla” is a breezy standout from Arizona group Katastro’s new album Sucker, which guitarist Tanner Riccio describes as “the soundtrack to that moment you roll the windows down on a sunny day.” The feel-good track is confident without being too braggadocious, stern without taking itself too seriously, and fun without forgoing a more important meaning. You can get to know Katastro on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their official website!
phem feat. Lil Tracy – “GRIM REAPER”
phem recruits Lil Tracy for a verse on her eerie, trap-driven track “GRIM REAPER,” which uses death as a metaphor for a crumbling relationship. With references to Coraline and a haunting chorus, you’ll get the song stuck in your head in no time. Link up with phem on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and her official website, and learn more about Lil Tracy on Instagram and TikTok!
Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, and I’m the founder of Melodic Musings. In addition to writing, I’m a community editor on Genius, lyric curator on Musixmatch, and a playlist curator at VOLUP2. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.