“…genre. It’s really never been easy to choose, and it still isn’t,” says Stamos, who recently released a Baby Driver inspired video for ‘Mission Impossible’ – “modern day spin on Tom Cruise action flicks turned love story.” – taken from his debut album, King Of Spades.
“Like many millennials in suburban New York, I grew up in an era where rap reigned supreme until ultimately giving way to emo rock. Freestyle Friday’s on 106 & Park eventually became Steven’s Untitled Rock Show. This is what makes the current climate of rap music so interesting, with fusion rap-rock getting significant traction as of late. With that being said here are the top 10 tracks which helped me realize I’d always love both.”
1. J. Cole – ‘Losing My Balance’
“The Warm Up is one of the best mixtapes of my generation, this is one of the less obvious standouts from the tape. I remember watching a video of him perform this with only an acoustic guitarist and being inspired.”
2. Linkin Park – ‘Pushing Me Away’
“Hybrid Theory speaks for itself. They were the literal fusion of rock/rap growing up and will go down as one of the best of all time.”
3. Eminem – ‘Love Me ft. Obie Trice & 50 Cent’
“The 8 Mile soundtrack is my favorite movie soundtrack. One of Eminem’s best verses ever on this track.”
4. Circa Survive – ‘Act Appalled’
“Anthony Green is one of the best tenors of my generation. Listening to this group taught me you can say what you want to say without actually saying it.”
5. 50 Cent – ‘Patiently Waiting ft. Eminem’
“Get Rich or Die Tryin’ went 6 x platinum… it’s a classic and at least one song should be somewhere on your list.”
6. The Receiving End Of Sirens – ‘Planning A Prison Break’
“Essentially where I draw all of my call and response inspiration in my songs. They had three legitimate vocalists and made it work without sounding busy (much harder than it sounds).”
7. Tupac – ‘Thugz Mansion’
“Despite being east coast, most of my older family members were into west coast rap more. I remember not immediately resonating with it, but this song served as my intro (guitar lead/singing hook).”
8. Envy On The Coast – ‘The Gift Of Paralysis’
“As Long Island essentially led the emo movement in the early 2000’s, it gave way to many bands along the way. Envy On The Coast in my opinion is the best of these offspring and highly influential in my songwriting process.”
9. Coheed and Cambria – ‘Blood Red Summer’
“Coheed paved the way for a lot of other bands and were my gateway to a lot of new groups. The fact that all of their songs are concept-based shows the amount of time they put into songwriting.”
10. Will Smith – ‘Wild Wild West’
“Alright, well I performed this song growing up with my brother in a duet (I hope that video has been burned). That aside, Will Smith is a legend and was my first cassette I ever owned with DJ Jazzy Jeff – so he gets a spot here.”
King Of Spades is out now. Check out the ‘Mission Impossible’ video HERE.
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Find Stamos’s playlist below and HERE.