Crunkcore or Canker Sore?
September 21, 2010
Crunkcore: What it is and why you should be afraid…very afraid.
If you haven’t heard of the phenomenon by now,crunkcore is a music genre that combines elements of
- Crunk hip hop, which uses heavy baselines & looped drum machines.
- Scremo, which unfortunately combines punk music with high pitched melodies that are usually ‘screamed’, not sung.
- Auto-tuned vocals, which has recently replaced the vocal chords of artists everywhere with a perfectly pitched distortion of the human voice.
Blended together on ‘High’ and poured into a bloody eardrum, crunkcore seems to be the product of all things bad in pop-culture wrapped into one grotesque neon package.
One of the first bands to claim crunkcore fame is New Mexico’s, brokeNCYDE. With singles such as “FreaXXX, Booty Call, and 40 oz.”, they have been hailed, along with the entire genre, as “a mockery to the world of music” – Thrash Magazine.
Leor Galil: “There hasn’t been a level of backlash like this toward one act in the 10 years I’ve been doing this,” says AbsolutePunk founder and CEO Jason Tate via email. Tate is a regular contributor to the website’s forums and has been absolutely stunned by the mere existence of brokeNCYDE. “They’re just that bad, and they epitomize everything that music (and human beings) should not be. “
Despite the apparent disgust from anyone over the age of 16, brokeNCYDE’s third album I’m Not a Fan, But the Kids Like It, debuted #86 on the Billboard 200 in 2009.
But lets put all musical judgments away and instead focus on what crunkcore bands are actually saying. The predominate lyrics from the crunkcore scene try to mimic those we’ve previously seen from hip hop. However with crunkcore, the message is inherently mixed up in ignorance that transcends into the tough life of suburban teen who doesn’t care about anything except having sex with girls, doing drugs, and being the “shitz”.
Drugs, sex & ego’s, you say?! So what’s the real difference between this and rap music? Let me clarify. Rap lyrics have always been an extremely controversial topic of debate. Rap’s influence on children has brought up heated arguments on violence and sexism that is still saturating our society today. However, rap lyrics come from a peice of hip hop culture that is known and understood by those who are a part of it. Crunkcore, on the other hand, is merely emulating what this male dominated genre marks as ‘cool’ and spitting it out into the masses. Unfortunately for their fan base, to be ‘cool’, is to be shamelessly self adsorbed while setting low sexual standards for young girls. But I guess being bad was always cool, right?
Hit me up/ Make me cum/ Wanna sext?/I’ll show you some/ Sticky drama/ All the way/ Want my dick? You gotta pay…Cut the shit/ Show your tits/ Flip it out on my sidekick/ Like Quagmier in Family Guy/ Giggity! Giggity! All the time… I wanna fuck you hard!/ I wanna feel you deep! / I wanna rock your body!/ I wanna taste your sweet!
Lyrics to brokeNCYDE’s ‘Sex Toyz’:
Last time I checked, it was not cool for you to call you penis a “PeePee”. Also last time I checked, it was not cool to sing songs to girls about wanting to have sex with them…especially when your fan base is mostly comprised of tween girls, 9-15 years old.