Rap and rock doesn't just mean "rapcore" anymore. That may be a surprise to anyone who remembers the late 1990s, when nü-metal bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach throttled rhymes until they sounded like a primal screech. Unfortunately, they seemed like the only ones willing to mess with rap back then. But as hip-hop has turned into a key section of the pop firmament, it's heard among all sorts of pop and rock artists, from Maroon 5, whose hit single with Wiz Khalifa, "Payphone," is the inspiration for this playlist, to U.K. singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who collaborated with Yelawolf on the "freelease" Slumdon Bridge EP earlier this year.
This playlist skews towards more recent fare like B.o.B and Paramore's Hayley Williams, Snoop Dogg and Gorillaz, and The Game and Travis Barker. But there are a few older tracks for historical perspective, too, like R.E.M. and KRS-One's 1991 alt-rock hit "Radio Song," and Linkin Park and Jay-Z's platinum-certified "Numb/Encore." And don't worry, hard rock hasn't been neglected, either: Check out Tech N9ne's excellent duet with Chino Moreno of The Deftones for proof of that.