Justin Hawkins Discusses the Key to Linkin Park’s Popularity

The Blackness In a recent episode of his Justin Hawkins Rides Again YouTube series, Justin Hawkins discussed how Linkin Park distinguished themselves in the rock scene.  With the release of their debut album, ‘Hybrid Theory,’ Linkin Park quickly became one of the genre’s most prominent representatives. Even though the band went on hiatus in 2017 following the tragic death of their iconic lead singer Chester Bennington, their songs continue to receive heavy airplay and have millions of fans worldwide.  Linkin Park has experimented with different sounds throughout their career. Their music incorporates elements of rock, hip hop, and electronica. The vocal interplay between Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, with Shinoda as the rapping vocalist and Bennington as the lead, was essential to creating their sound.

Despite the fact that Linkin Park is one of the most popular bands of the 2000s, it appears that Justin Hawkins was unaware of their success. Hawkins admitted at the beginning of his video that he had never listened to their music. In a new episode of his YouTube series, he examined Linkin Park’s songs and attempted to comprehend how they achieved such widespread success.  During the most recent episode, Hawkins listened to “In The End” and praised Bennington’s “gentle melodic” singing, which complements Shinoda’s rapping. He went on to say that Linkin Park used a hybrid approach, combining disparate genres to create a collaborative song, which may be the band’s secret to success.

Here is what Hawkins had to say about Linkin Park:  “I am unfamiliar with the music of Linkin Park. It completely escaped my notice. So, I will investigate it to see if there is anything that resonates with me.”  Justin Hawkins made the following comments about Linkin Park’s sound later in the video:  “It’s cool because the way they’re approaching, like the gentle melodic singing part, is similar to what I believe a hypeman does while the main rapper is performing. He provides support for key lyrics, but rather than simply shouting along, he sings a little.  There is therefore a hybrid approach to it. I believe that this is part of the appeal of Linkin Park. Utilizing the various techniques of the various genres to create something that is truly collaborative. It’s good.”  You can view the entire video below.

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