A new trend for bands is to combine a musical blend of styles from punk, rock, reggae and rap. These songs often make the top radio charts or are extremely hard to find unless you are capable of downloading them. Often you may not even be aware of a band's existence until a friend or family member points them out. No band actually stands out with the start of this phenomenal trend.
It could have been the famous white rapper Eminem who started it off when he did a song called "Stan" with the beautifully voiced Dido. Or maybe it happened when Eminem sang with Marilyn Manson on stage during a concert tour. The name of that song for the curious was "The way I am." Perhaps it started long before that in the underground places and garages where bands are born.
Many artists other than Eminem have proven they can sing as well as rap and mix other blends of sound. Just take a look at Kid Rock. He came off to the world as the bad boy rapper with songs like "Bawitaba", "Cowboy" and "I am the Bull God" but proved he could sing just as well as rap in songs like "Only God knows why" and his duet with Sheryl Crow with the song "Picture". Kid Rock's name is just one among many that are not just found in the rock or rap genre. Looking him up you would actually find that the genre his music falls into is rock, alternative, heavy metal, southern rock, country and rap rock.
Maybe it's just the current generation that has decided a blend of music styles is what the world wants to hear. Bands like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, 311 and even Aerosmith have mixed music style blends. Aerosmith did a great song with the rap group Run D.M.C. long before the a-fore mentioned bands even thought to get together.
Some current bands that have blended a harmony of sound waves include Flobots with their song "No Handlebars" and a band just recently come upon called Rehab with there wonderfully funny song "The Bartender Song". Both bands have rhythm, rhyme and harmonies not found in one set genre of music.
Other bands that have either mixed styles or came out with mixed blends include but are not limited too:
Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Suicidal Tendencies, Boondox, The …