#soundcheck: trash talk’s “blossom & burn” is how you blend punk rock and hip-hop. check them at afropunk fest 2013

July 29, 2013

Bands have been trying with varying success to blend punk rock and hip-hop since the early days of both. Some have been bizarre but exciting experiments (the Beatnigs, Happy Go Licky) some have been truly great (Death Grips) and some have been more than a little embarrassing (Sum 41…Also Crass’ “Smash The Mac” gets the award for worst song from a truly great band). But on “Blossom & Burn” from Trash Talk’s fantastic 119, the band gets it completely right.

Tapping Hodgy Beats and Tyler the Creator to guest on “Blossom & Burn” is a big part of what makes it work. The Odd Future crew has always had a punk intensity, so throwing their vocals and a sludgy instrumental into the supercollider makes the best kind of new element. The track stands out as an oddity on the largely straight-ahead hardcore of 119, but it proves indisputably that hip-hop and hardcore have a lot more in common than most people think.

– Words by Nathan Leigh

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