That’s My Jam #10: Helmet and House of Pain, ‘Just Another Victim’

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Gather ’round, kiddos, for a story about the world that was, way back in 1993. See, back then, other than a few high-profile collaborations – Run DMC and Aerosmith on Walk This Way, Public Enemy and Anthrax on Bring The Noise, etc. – rap and rock went together like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Fucktardia, and … well, a normal, sane, compassionate human being. Then along came this movie, Judgment Night, starring what were then some of the hottest names in young Hollywood (Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., etc.) in a bros night out gone horribly wrong when the party bus breaks down on the bad side of town and some crazy thugs take offense. The movie is awful. But the soundtrack was all new tracks, and every track featured a rock band paired with hip-hop artists. Some don’t work so well – Dinosaur Jr. and Del tha Funky Homosapien, I’m looking your way – and some are dy-no-mite, such as Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill, Ice-T and Slayer and the above pairing. Just Another Victim provides the rawness and pulse-pounding energy that the movie is completely lacking in, and still holds up 20 years later.

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