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Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch

Korn Guitarist Says They Ripped Off Cypress Hill On First Album, “All In The Family” Hasn’t Aged Well


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Though it went under the radar when it was first published back in May, Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch took part in an interview for Fuse‘s ‘Back Of The Class‘ podcast in which he discussed the band from a hip-hop perspective. It’s a revealing look back at the band’s early days, from Fieldy being obsessed with Ice Cube to Welch praising the Geto Boys and more. Welch even admits to ripping off Cypress Hill on their self-titled debut album:

“We just straight ripped off Cypress Hill in the beginning. Like we would go ‘weeoooooowww’ on our guitars and it’s all over the first record—that’s straight a ripoff of Cypress Hill. We were really influenced [by hip-hop,] N.W.A. definitely cause that was like punk rock to the fullest.

They came out and said whatever they want and we were like ‘how can you say that?’ you know? Even though it was a different type of music and it was from the streets and all that and I was just a normal white kid that grew up middleclass or whatever, it was just ballsy. It was like man this as punk rock as you could get.”

He also spoke of how their rap ‘battle’ track “All In The Family” with Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst from 1998’s “Follow The Leader” hasn’t exactly held up, conceding: “It’s pretty lame, that song, it hasn’t aged well.” Korn‘s new album “The Serenity Of Suffering” will be released tomorrow, October 21st.

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