Analyzing Hip-Hop Infuences/Elements in first two albums

Wed, May 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM


I've always liked to analyze or pick out parts of songs in relation to the hip hop influence korn has had.

The first two albums came out during the golden age of rock (the mid-90s) and carry a strong aura of hip hop influnece. Its not commonly discussed in detail about.

The funky bass, and guitar is totally cypress hill, NWA, p.enemy all the earrie squeaky ghetto echo sounds has been mimicked in the guitar including sampled sounds, turntables and keyboard parts.

The general rhythm/structure and flow of the songs also have a hip hop vibe.

The vocals although take form as "singing" based rock songs also sound sometimes like they could be rapped or have a very hip hop song strucure alongside the vocals which aside of the scats, sometimes sound like Jon is slowly rapping .

The lyrics sometimes appear very hip hop influenced in the way they are written with excessive swearing and sometimes hip-hopish lingo.

Do you agree?

What are your thoughts on the first two albums in regarding the hip hop influnece?

What are some examples or things you noticed

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  1. Re: Analyzing Hip-Hop Infuences/Elements in first two albums

    Thu, May 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    While I do think there is a hip hop influence in KoRn's sound I do think that in the beginning they were like a more metal version of grunge. The lyrics dealt with very personal situations, angst, depression, hurt, etc. so I wouldn't really call those "hip hop" lyrics by any means, though I do see how John's singing could be considered hip hop influenced, but honestly in the first 2 albums I see more metal than anything.

  2. Re: Analyzing Hip-Hop Infuences/Elements in first two albums

    Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I think the metal sound is more of an influence alongside grunge and hip hop. Funkcore was the root sound. Songs like ball tongue, blind, even clown have some deep hip hop elements. Jon's excessive cussing, subtle scatting and vocal influence from rap ebonics in certain lines or in vocal prononciation /chants has taken influence from hip hop. Sometimes the vocal song structure or parts of the songs sound like it could rapped or jon is slowly rapping (Ex. Blind and Mr. Rogers, end of kill you) are just some.

  3. Re: Analyzing Hip-Hop Infuences/Elements in first two albums

    Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Korn where hip hop fans, so of course they had Hip Hop influence

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