Rock Legends Who Like Hip-Hop
The argument could be made that hip-hop is the rock and roll of today. It's got the stars, the drugs and--most importantly--the music that's capable of shocking and awing. So it shouldn't be that surprising when a rock legend declares their appreciation for hip-hop, like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page recently did when he released his rework of Biggie's "Hypnotize." There's a handful of rock stars who have praised hip-hop and created music influenced by it. We compiled a list of some of them.
When asked about The Grey Album, Danger Mouse's mashup project between Jay Z and The Beatles, McCartney said he enjoyed it and wished the Beatles were sampled more in hip-hop.
Paul Simon, one half of famed duo Simon and Garfunkel, teamed up with fellow New Jersey resident Wyclef Jean for the song "Fast Car," which was off 'Clef's Carnival Vol.II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant.
If you don't think Stevie Wonder is a rock star, you don't know music. Mr. Wonder has been involved in the hip-hop community in a number of ways over the years, including guest starring on Drake's sophomore album, Take Care. He's even said that his next album will have "hip-hop" influences on it.
Blondie's Debbie Harry helped introduce hip-hop to the mainstream with the song "Rapture," which she herself rapped on. Harry was also known to be a good friend of hip-hop legend Fab Five Freddy.
Rather than being skeptical about a hip-hop group covering one of its songs, Aerosmith decided to embrace Run-DMC's rework of "Walk This Way" in the 1980s. It was a good decision: It not only cemented the fact that hip-hop was here to stay, but it also helped reinvigorate Aerosmith's career.
U2's Bono is good friends with Jay-Z and has collaborated with him multiple times on music.
The Rolling Stones frontman has collaborated with Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, but we consider his decision to start a supergroup with Damien Marley and Joss Stone a bigger indication of his love for hip-hop.