We’re less than two weeks away from the 2018 Zombie Pub Crawl. A magical time for the undead and brain-curious, the ZPC brings out the wildest adulation of wicked fun, serves with a side of refreshing local brews that could make the dead rise!
Every year there’s always a substantial amount of hip-hop happening at the Zombie Pub Crawl, and for the 2018 installment on Saturday, October 13, that tradition continues! Learn more and get your tickets while they last here: http://zombiepubcrawl.com/2018-minneapolis/
One of the best parts of Zombie Pub Crawl is the amalgamation of genres. In one night you get hip-hop, rock, EDM and everything in between! If you’re being joined by your metalhead friend and want to potential induct him into the undead hip-hop side of things, where better to start than with the rap endeavors of zombie royalty Rob Zombie.
Former White Zombie leader, horror director and genuinely spooky guy, Rob reinvented heavy sampling into the rock world with La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One. Citing a heavy Public Enemy influence, the breakout album was laced with b-movie and exploitation film samples between the tasty licks. Further hip-hop elements like turntablism and breakbeats made their way into the group’s various remixes.
The first hip-hop remix Zombie was at the helm of was 1997’s “It’s All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix.)” Also featuring Dave Grohl, the track is perhaps most famous for the VMA-winning Spike Jonze directed video.
Zombie went further south for his Trina-assisted remake of The Commodores‘ classic “Brickhouse” from the soundtrack to his 2003 debut feature House of 1,000 Corpses.
In 2004 we got Zombie’s vocals alongside that of Minneapolis’ own Slug of Atmosphere for “Even More Human Than Human.” Assembled with excellent precision by turntable masters The X-Ecutioners, the track became one of the summer’s biggest indie-crossover records.
It’s worth mentioning the times Rob Zombie has defended hip-hop to rockist media outlets as well. When Zombie was removed from KoRN & Ice Cube’s 1998’s Family Values Tour, the rumor at the time was because Rob didn’t think rock and hip-hop would mix. Rob cleared the air by telling MTV News:
“The stuff about the hip-hop artists is just bizarre because I’ve always said in interviews that White Zombie is a combination of things I’m really into, from [rap act] Public Enemy to [heavy-metal act] Slayer. It’s a meld of everything and it’s ridiculous to say the two worlds don’t go together. I just don’t get it. Why would I have done that Puffy remix [of “It’s All About the Benjamins”] if I didn’t like hip-hop?”
Zombie continues to sing the genre’s praises two decades later. When celebrating the cross-genre capabilities of the Download Festival, he famously stated how rap artists in the 90s stepped up to the the rock stars that grunge artists failed to be.
Since then, hip-hop fans have always had a respect for Rob Zombie, as evident by “Dragula’s” inclusion in various “Rap fan reacts to…” videos.