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When Rap Meets Rock | Linkin Park and Jay-Z - Numb/Encore

Remembering Chester Bennington on his birthday

People are paying tribute to the former Linkin Park frontman on what would have been his 43rd birthday. Bennington passed away in 2017 at the age of 41.

Not only has rock suffered a huge loss, so has hip-hop, in a roundabout way. Undoubtedly, Linkin Park’s remix albums, Reanimated and the oft-maligned Jay-Z mash-up Collision Course, exposed hip-hop to a greater audience.

Since Linkin Park's 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, the band has proven unafraid to tap into various genres -- especially hip-hop. Because of their love for experimentation, Linkin Park always left their imprint on every song they tackled. In 2004, they made a huge splash in music when they teamed up with JAY-Z for the collaborative EP Collision Course, topping the Billboard 200 in its debut week.

'Numb/Encore' is a song by American rapper Jay-Z and rock band Linkin Park from their album Collision Course (2004). It was released as a single on December 13, 2004, by Warner Bros., Machine Shop, Def Jam, and Roc-A-Fella Records. The song is a mash-up combining lyrics from Linkin Park's "Numb" and "Encore" by Jay-Z, both released in 2003.



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