This single from THE SEIGE is an absolute beast. Imagine Death Grips, Meek Mill, and TNGHT all fused into one monolith of a trap banger that walks the line between the punk rock ethos of modern rap and the rapid-fire bars that have been a staple throughout the genre’s existence. “Back Up” is one of those songs that’s killer on a pair of headphones, but in a live setting will cause pure chaos. It’s easy to imagine mosh pits opening up, people diving from the nosebleeds, bodies rushing the stage – everything from hardcore shows bleeding over into a distant cousin’s playing field.

It’s amazing how two genres sonically opposed at their beginnings, hip-hop and hardcore/punk/metal, have joined forces. The red-line pushing 808s from modern metal bands are now prevalent in beats, throat-tearing yells from punk have been injected with acrobatic swagger, the mosh pits from hardcore have gone mainstream, the list goes on and on. I wonder how no one saw this coming as each style was countercultural from the outset – it was only a matter of time before they smashed together like rams butting heads. With formerly countercultural sounds permeating the forefront of the collective conscious, where do these genres go from here? Only time will tell.

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