Linkin Park v Stormzy – listen to 2017's most unexpected team-up

A collaboration too far? Judge for yourself as the nu-metal veterans and grime’s biggest star release Good Goodbye

Unless Lil Yachty is planning on dropping an unexpected collaboration with Tim Farron next month, we feel pretty safe saying there won’t be a more unlikely match-up than Good Goodbye in 2017.

Linkin Park and … Stormzy. Stormzy and … Linkin Park. Nah, like “President” and “Donald Trump” it doesn’t quite compute, and probably never will. And that’s before you throw Pusha T into the mix.

Of course, nu-metal and hip-hop have a long history together, but the collision of American angst and British grit is surely a clash too far? Or is it? You can judge for yourself by listening to the track below. It boasts a big chorus paired with oddly twee handclaps, while Mike Shinoda, Pusha T and Stormzy turn up in between.

“Mandem we’re linking tings in parks / Now I gotta tune with Linkin Park,” concludes Stormzy, in what probably, we can also safely say, won’t be regarded as his finest hour.


Tim Jonze

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