When it comes to crossing genre lines from hard rock and heavy metal to rap and hip-hop, plenty of bands have made successful crossover hits from Jay Z and Linkin Park to Public enemy and Anthrax.
But in recent years, as some of these iconic collaborations have fallen to the wayside, a new era of fresh rhyming, hard-hitting, head-banging power has risen from those ashes from young stars who have already seen their share of fame, including rapper Sky Katz and the metal band Unlocking the Truth.
And their new single, “Rockstar,” is sure to leave fans of genre-bending with a whole new level of appreciation.
With the teen years being most closely associated with growing, learning, and coming into one’s own while breaking through boundaries, Katz and UTT have certainly accomplished these feats in leaps and bounds — not only in their personal lives, but in their incredible journeys as young musicians.
Adding to these enormous feats is their effort to merge two genre’s often seen as opposing, and bring an incredible amount of diversity both musically and culturally.
“Rockstar” encapsulates the hard-hitting, in-your-face elements of metal and hip-hop that have made both genres incredibly popular and successful since their origins began with attitude, speed, and a fierce message.
In it, over heavy riffs and an intense rhythm section, Katz raps, “Which one of y’all done called my name, fresh on the scene with the ball and chain. A hundred MC’s and they all the same, so Sky turned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” with a tough grit not usually reserved for her 12-year-old stature, continuing, “I might roll through the city in a big ol’ truck, four big wheels and a grill up front. Pull up to the show all you see is us, if we ever had beef man I wish ya luck”.
The song heightens with Sky and UTT’s Malcolm Brickhouse belting refrain “I got rock and roll it’s all in my soul with the real hip hop that’s ‘bout to explode, if you hear them shots cops on patrol that’s me, turning to a Rockstar!” in a fervid mix of volition that could easily be seen as a theme for extreme sports or the toughest cage-match brawl.
Hailing from Long Island, hip-hop pioneer and BMI recording artist Katz has been hitting the ground running in the music industry since discovering her talent and passion for rapping at the age of 5.
Katz has kept the momentum up ever since, combining her dynamic, witty, and energetic style with an old school chemistry.
Fueled by her insatiable thirst to bring back old school hip hop and make a mark in the industry with influences from hip hop greats, such as Nicki Minaj, Drake, Nas, Rakim, and many more in the game, Katz has honed her craft with a very appealing presence, has garnered a very good buzz, and continues to expand through anyone who discovers her.
With her recent appearance on America’s Got Talent, she wowed the panel judges and audience with her single, “Fresh.”
Her single, “Haters” (a re-vamp of Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend”), came shortly after, which received critical acclaim and positive reception worldwide.
Following the performances, she obtained thousands of followers from across the globe on her Instagram and YouTube pages, and is currently focused on driving her career forward.
With the media taking immense notice, she’s made recent appearances on Live It Up! With Donna Drake, Verizon FiOS 1-Long Island’s “Rick’s Rising Stars,” “This Is 50,” “Pix 11 Morning News,” and Fox’s “Good Day NY,” and has been interviewed by LUCID Magazine, JamSphere, TV Grapevine, 92.3 AMP Radio’s ASTRA On the Air, Newsday, the New York Post, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of TIME Magazine for Kids.
Unlocking the Truth includes Malcolm Brickhouse (vocals /guitar), Alec Atkins (bass), and Jarad Dawkins (drums).
Founding members, Brickhouse and Dawkins, met each other at a birthday party in 2005.
Sharing similar tastes in music, they decided to create a band.
As the metal duo’s street performances started gaining attention, they felt they needed a bassist, but none of their friends were musicians, so they taught their pre-school friend, Atkins, how to play the bass guitar from scratch.
These street performances in Times Square and around New York City led to people recording and uploading videos of them to YouTube, which garnered a lot of attention through social media.
The trio have since appeared on national television, including NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” ABC’s “The View”, CNN, Fuse, BET, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and more.
In 2014, they were the youngest group to perform at Coachella. They’ve performed at the AFROPUNK FEST and at SxSW, and were the youngest band to play at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.
They have also performed at the high-profile music festivals, Heavy Montreal and Bonnaroo.
The Trio have supported music legends such as Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age, Living Colour, Marilyn Manson and more while also earning spots in commercials for Airheads, AT&T, Beats by Dr. Dre, Maybelline and Verizon.
In 2014, the band signed a $1.8 million contract for five albums with Sony Music Entertainment, but in 2015 they successfully negotiated their release from the contract.
Their full-length debut album, “Chaos,” was released on June 17, 2016 via TuneCore, and a feature-length documentary film about the band, entitled “Breaking a Monster,” came out in 2016.
With “Rockstar,” Katz and UTT bring a whole new element to the hip-hop/metal crossover, with not only a youthful exuberance, but a new breath of life that is sure to bring a younger generation who may be accustomed to either genre to look more deeply and discover something new.
For more information on Sky Katz, visit www.SkyKatzRaps.com or Facebook.com/SkyKatzRaps, Instagram/SkyKatzRaps, Twitter: @Skykatzraps and YouTube.com/SkyKatzRaps.
For more information on Unlocking the Truth, visit www.UnlockingtheTruthBand.com.