Could Pete Doherty Really Be The UK’s Answer To Eminem?
The fusion between hip hop music and rock music has long been around. The Rap Rock genre was started in the early 1980s and was said to have been started by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They were one of the first ever white rock bands to mix rock sounds with rap music. According to Wikipedia: “At their first performance, the band was short on material so they asked friend, Anthony Keidis, who was the MC for the night to join them on stage. Kiedis proceeded to rap a poem he wrote titled, “Out in L.A.” which was heavily influenced by Grandmaster Flash.” From then onwards, the Rap Rock genre became their signature sound, with many songs from their early albums featuring rapped lyrics over a rock sound. The genre survived, and became mainstream in the late 1990s, with the formation of bands such as Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.
More recently, we’ve seen some hardcore hip hop artists experimenting with rock sounds. Let’s not forget that back in 2006, Snoop Dogg was heard rapping over a Rage Against the Machine track.
Perhaps not so much of a shock as his recent branch out into the world of purified pop; only the latest niche artist to be sucked into the unforgiving David Guetta hit factory. However, Snoop’s rock debut was still a surprise. And in 2010, he became the first hip hop artist to be approached by computer game, Rock Band, with tracks such as “Beautiful”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “Ridin’ In My Chevy”, “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head” all being featured on the game.
Perhaps even more surprising than Snoop’s rock associations is the news from across the pond that rock n roll ex-Libertines front man, Pete Doherty, is planning to make a hip hop album. The UK’s NME magazine recently reported that Doherty is planning on becoming Britain’s answer to Eminem.
Toning down his image
The infamous drug addict is said to be “toning down” his rockstar bad boy image in favour of a cleaner, fresher hip hop persona. It has been reported that he has already started swapping his skinny jeans for Addidas tracksuits. Over the years Doherty’s admission to numerous drug clinics has only furthered his rock n roll persona. Now, however, he is said to have stopped injecting drugs and is reported as being serious about his image overhaul. News will have it that he has already been in touch with Mike Skinner, the front man of UK white hip hop act, The Streets. UK tabloid paper, The Sun, said: “He has actually said he wants to be Britain’s answer to Eminem. He has told us he’s started writing hip hop songs.”
However bizarre this might sound to the hip hop world, it could be a realistic possibility. Fans of Pete will know that he is a long-standing fan of hip hop and rap music. He has even dipped his toe into the water with the genre in the past. A few years back, he remade the The Street’s Prangin’ Out, giving the original a real run for its money. Whether Pete – who is well known for his tendency to dip rather inconsistently in and out of the music world – can see this through is the real question. “Becoming the British Eminem” would take masses and masses of hard work and commitment, especially given the huge image overhaul he would need to pull off. He is known for simply turning up to a few gigs and then disappearing again.
A lot to live up to
Maybe we shouldn’t all rush to compare loans to invest in following his rap world tour at once; in the Rolling Stone magazine, Elton John described Eminem: “As a lyricist, he’s one of the best ever. Eminem does for his audience what Dylan did for his: He writes how he feels. His anger, vulnerability and humor come out. That’s why we look forward to listening to Eminem’s lyrics and finding out where the hell he’s headed next.”
A lot to live up to for Pete. However, the Babyshambles singer certainly wouldn’t be short on bad experiences to use for lyrical inspiration; in May last year he was jailed for drug possession, he’s been arrested for assault on several occasions, and has now been linked to no fewer than three deaths. In 2006, he was voted by men’s magazine, Arena, as the UK’s worst icon.
Article by Liz Brent – firstname.lastname@example.org