Several photos of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis at a Los Angeles studio with members of the Southern "snap" hip-hop kings DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ working on a mash-up of their current singles have been posted online at Getty Images.
The two Virgin labelmates met on Wednesday, April 12 to create a new mash-up version of the No. 1 Urban and Top 10 pop DFB single "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" with "Coming Undone", the second single from KORN's platinum-plus Virgin Records debut, "See You on the Other Side".
Both tracks arrive at the studio with major momentum behind them. DFB's So So Def/Virgin debut album, "On Top of Our Game", is newly certified gold, and "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It" has maintained its No. 1 status in the Rhythmic Hit airplay format since reaching the top spot last month. It is also the fourth-most played in the Urban format for the year so far. Combined with the album's first single, "I Think They Like Me", DFB's singles have sold an amazing 2 million mobile ring tunes — a million of them in just a six-week period. "Coming Undone" has this week entered the Top Ten in the Active Rock airplay format. KORN's first Virgin single, "Twisted Transistor", is among 2006's top 5 Active Rock songs so far in 2006.
The video for "Twisted Transistor" had already been a top-level meeting of rock and hip-hop minds, starring Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, David Banner and Xzibit in the visual roles of KORN members Munky, Jonathan Davis, David Silveria and Fieldy, respectively. KORN was co-produced by Lil Jon in their cover of PUBLIC ENEMY's "Fight the Power".
The history of hip-hop has been dotted with creative and monstrously successful collaborations between rap and rock acts all the way back to rap's old-school period, beginning with pioneers RUN-DMC, who had a worldwide Top Ten single and a groundbreaking video classic in their cover and collaboration with AEROSMITH in "Walk This Way". Also, PUBLIC ENEMY recorded and toured with ANTHRAX at the height of their career, forging a further bond between rap and rock and roll. And the late-2004 pairing of JAY-Z and LINKIN PARK in the mash-up EP "Collision Course" entered the album chart at No. 1.