Artists Aren’t Afraid To Merge Genres

2013 is already shaping up to be a year with many genres of music crossing over and merging into new styles of music that make our heads spin. You can hear it in some of our favorite songs like country-pop star Taylor Swift in “I Knew You Were Trouble” as her catchy vocals dance seamlessly over an dub-step electro beat.

Rapper Juicy J just surprised us with an unexpected collaboration with Passion Pit. He spit a couple of dope bars over the groups song “Constant Conversation.”

Music continues to evolve, in an interesting and hopefully promising direction and, it comes at the right time.

The collaborations are continuing to get even weirder. Azealia Banks is gearing up to work with psyche-rock band Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.  If you know anything about Ariel Pink, you’ll understand why this collaboration is going to be, unique. However, this isn’t unexpected from Banks as she’s been in a recent spree of carrying songs that aren’t hers over into her crazy electronic hip-hop realm or experimenting at least. Her recent feud with viral sensation Bauuer took the inter-webs by storm after she dropped her own lyrics over his internet hit “Harlem Shake” without his permission.  She most recently released a cover she did of  a Strokes song called “Barely Legal” that appeared on their debut album Is This It.  While the cover isn’t my favorite, Azealia Bank’s bold and daring statement to recreate a rock song into a dance anthem is something I admire.


These new and unforeseen collaborations are breaking down barriers for artists,  giving them the opportunity to explore different avenues and giving us a more diverse selection of music to choose from. This is good news in my opinion because I’m all for the merging of genres.  I’m tired of hearing the same songs over and over again. I want to listen to some rock making its way into the underbelly of R&B. Give me something new.  I can’t wait to see what the music world has in store for us the rest of the year.

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