A glimpse into genre crossover and the Seattle group keeping that alive

Tonight at the Funhouse some “rules” will be broken. Hip hop funk group Marshall Law Band joins a stacked lineup of punk rock bands to commemorate the origins of both genres. To some this may seem like a strange combination but hip hop and punk have a lot more in common than many know. They both started in New York in the early 70’s and at their core(s) represent similar struggles.

Hip hop and punk are both genres that choose to stand out rather than fit in, both are anti-authority, politically charged, and at times revolutionary. This is why the cultures respected each other in the beginning and formed a symbiosis that allowed hip hop to bypass the industry gatekeepers. Through the punk rock scene’s acceptance of the genre, hip hop artists were able spread their message to the (white) masses for the first time. Although hip hop was huge in the parks, rap rarely got played on the radio or performed in the college clubs. This changed in 1977 when Blondie attended a party in the Bronx where she witnessed hip hop and it’s rebellious allure firsthand.

From that experience Blondie wrote the song “Rapture” which garnered national air play, peaked at #1 on the charts, and became the first rap song a lot of people--including members of the Wu-Tang Clan--ever heard. The mashups didn’t stop there, as rap acts like Public Enemy, Ice-T, Run DMC, and Eminem continue to collaborate with the punk music scene. This in turn created the emerging sub-genre of punk hop spearheaded by the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, and the posthumously celebrated Lil Peep (RIP).

This information may come as a surprise to new age hip hop heads who might be more prone to associated rap with braggadocious hooks, self-promoting verses, and an us versus them attitude. However, hip hop is a diverse genre, and if you do some digging you'll find that often, hip hop and punk are playing on the same team, waging a war against the same societal norms. They may do it through different styles of dress, tattoos, dyed hair, or lots and lots of angst, but we are fighting the same enemy and therefore we are allies! We’re all misfits. Sure, we might have learned to assimilate enough to go about our daily lives and not cause too many waves, but deep down, with our close friends, by ourselves, or when we’re in our element we’re all really f**** strange.

That's is what tonight’s show is all about: accepting our differences, embracing our strangeness, and creating an e