Machine Head naysayers who will #neverforget the band’s ill-fated attempt at rap-metal on Supercharger back in the early ’00s — and the MH fans who didn’t take well to Robb Flynn’s experimental return to those waters on the band’s most recent album, Catharsis — are gonna have a field day with this one: Flynn has revealed in a new interview that his long-gestating solo album will feature some covers of ’90s hip hop tracks, including one by Snoop Dogg.
In the chat with Full Metal Jackie, Flynn explained that his eventual solo album will basically be a studio version of the Robb Flynn & Friends birthday bashes he’s thrown for the past several years, at which a rotating cast of musicians performs a bunch of covers from across the musical spectrum, including old-school thrash, classic rock and, topically, hip hop. Here’s the quote, transcribed by Metal Injection:
“For the last seven years now, for my birthday bash, I have a thing called ‘Robb Flynn & Friends’, and I get a bunch of my friends together and we just jam — it’s, like, cover songs. I don’t do Machine Head songs. It’s ’90s hip-hop, it’s classic rock, it’s some thrash — it’s all the kind of stuff that we grew up with, and it’s fun — it’s just a blast. We have so much fun doing it every time. I probably have, like, 30 to 40 different musicians playing. The last one that we did just turned out really good, and I was, like, ‘Let’s just track this.’ I own a recording studio now. I was, like, ‘Let’s go in and bang this out and see what happens.’ So we did it live, and it was just super fun.”
“I’ve got five songs tracked and done, and now I’m gonna go back and I’m gonna do — I’m think I’m gonna do the ’90s hip-hop groups. We did some Snoop Dogg songs and some other stuff. It’s pretty wild — it’s a loose, greasy, sweaty good time. And it’s just for fun. I don’t know when that’s gonna come out now. I know that Nuclear Blast is loving it, and they love the whole concept, so hopefully soon.”
I don’t really have a dog in this fight, I just think it’s funny that the metal internet is going to lose its shit over Robb Flynn rapping again, and I can’t wait to see the comments. The sooner this solo album happens, the better!
I’m gonna embed the Catharsis track “Triple Beam” below, along with a Snoop Dogg track. Do the mash-up in your brain… or in reality, for the more audio-inclined amongst you, and post it in the comments!
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