Crunkcore

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Crunkcore (also called crunk punk,[1] screamo crunk, crunk rock,[2] and scrunk[3]) is a musical genre that combines crunk hip hop with the vocal style of screamo[4][5][6][7]

Characteristics[edit]

According to the Boston Phoenix, writer and musician Jessica Hopper claims that the influences for crunkcore can be traced back to 2005 when Panic! at the Disco mixed emo with electronics.[4] While crunkcore is described as using screamed vocals, some crunkcore artists don't scream. For instance, Warped Tour co-creator and CEO Kevin Lyman calls the group 3OH!3 as "the real tipping point for scrunk", and said that "though 3OH!3 doesn't incorporate the blood-curdling screams of many scrunk acts, they were the first emo-influenced act to depart from traditional instruments in favor of pre-programmed beats", while still retaining many of the stylistic elements of emo.[4] The Millionaires, who do not use screamed vocals, are also crunkcore.[4] Similarly, the Kesha song Your Love is My Drug has also been as labelled crunkcore.[8]

The Boston Phoenix described crunkcore as "a combination of minimalist Southern hip-hop, Auto-Tune croons, techno breakdowns, barked vocals, and party-till-you-puke poetics".[4] Inland Empire Weekly described the genre as combining "post-hardcore and heavy metal licks with crunk."[9]

Criticism[edit]

The Boston Phoenix' has mentioned criticism of the style, saying that "the idea that a handful of kids would remix lowest-common-denominator screamo with crunk beats, misappropriated gangsterisms, and the extreme garishness of emo fashion was sure to incite hate-filled diatribes".[4] The band brokeNCYDE in particular has been singled out, with John McDonnell of The Guardian calling brokeNYCDE "the worst thing to happen to music since Katie Melua's Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing".[3] AbsolutePunk founder Jason Tate said that the level of backlash against the band is more than he has seen for any single act in the ten years he has been running the site, claiming, "They're just that bad, and they epitomize everything that music (and human beings) should not be."[4] Vocalist Mikl from the band has acknowledged the criticism leveled at the band, but stated, "We don't care what people say (...) All these critics are trying to bring us down, and yet we're selling a lot of copies of our music and that's because of our dedicated fans."[4] Writer Jessica Hopper also has criticized the group, but acknowledged its appeal to teenagers, stating "brokeNCYDE just completely references anything that might be a contemporary pop culture reference, or anything that a teenage person is into. . . . You kind of get everything at once."[4]

Notable artists[edit]

Artists that have been described as crunkcore include 3OH!3,[4][10][11] Breathe Carolina,[10] Brokencyde,[3][4] Family Force 5,[9][12] Hollywood Undead, Blood On The Dance Floor,[10] and Millionaires.[4][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Brokencyde biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Family Force 5 biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Screamo meets crunk? Welcome to Scrunk! | Music| guardian.co.uk
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Gail, Leor (14 July 2009). "Scrunk happens: We're not fans, but the kids seem to like it". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Ryan. "Crunkcore". About.com. The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Coquillette, Cici (April 27, 2009). "In Defense of Screamo crunk". Student Life. Washington University Student Media. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lampiris, Steve (April 14, 2009). "Latest music genre unlikely to get many listeners 'crunk'". The Badger Herald. The Badger Herald. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://tanjaandcompany.com/2014/03/this-group-is-well-strung/
  9. ^ a b Fowler, Melissa (8 April 2010). "Family Force 5 At Citizens Business Bank Arena, Fri, April 9". Inland Empire Weekly. Oasis CMS. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Revolver Magazine". Revolver. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Jody Rosen (22 June 2010). "Streets of Gold by 3OH3 | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nightlife". Cincinnati Magazine (Emmis Communications) 43 (3): 216. December 2009. ISSN 0746-8210. Retrieved 16 December 2011.