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"Somewhere on the back of the Miley Cyrus tour bus the guys in Metro Station are thanking their lucky stars that bands like Brokencyde came along. The crunkcore wave is to dance pop what 9/11 was to Gary Condit and his missing intern." on Crunkcore

Crunkcore (also known as screamo crunk, scrunk and crunk punk) is a fusion genre that combines second-wave screamo with commercial Hip-Hop (especially Southern Rap), and electropop. The blend of screamo/metalcore and hip hop/electropop comes in varying degrees; for example, Hollywood Undead utilize all traditional "core" instrumentation (guitars, bass and live drums), while BrokeNCYDE and Dot Dot Curve only use synthesizers and drum machines and the only overt "core" element of their music is the screaming. In fact, some bands that are nigh universally associated with crunkcore aren't overtly crunk or core, like 3OH!3 and Millionaires. Others, like Breathe Carolina and Blood On the Dance Floor, are clearly 'core-influenced but not remotely hip hoppish. Regardless, the crunkcore grenre and bands associated with it are characterized by hedonistic party lyrics, flamboyant clothing and vocals that range from rapping and screaming to autotuned clean vocals.

The stylistic origins of crunkcore are blurry; in the late 2000s, the trend came out of nowhere and took Myspace music culture by storm, seemingly overnight. In the mid 2000s, artists slowly but surely began to bridge the gap between hip hop/rap and "emocore", a curious mash-up — for example, rapper P.O.S. sampled Underoath and Jay-Z collaborated with Fall Out Boy. Formed in 2005, Hollywood Undead are generally considered an early juggernaut for crunkcore; their major label debut Swan Songs, along with the compilation album Punk Goes Crunk and 3OH!3's single "Don't Trust Me", helped catapult crunkcore into mainstream attention.

The genre's name is somewhat of a misnomer, as the music's hip hop elements are usually more in the vein of Lil Wayne than Lil Jon. However, crunk artist E-40 has collaborated with Brokencyde and Lil Jon once performed with 3OH!3 during one of their concerts.

The genre's heyday was roughly between 2007 and 2012, when it became inextricably tied to scene (to the point where the label of "scenecore" was understood to include it, modern metalcore, and electronicore). The fall of scene over the course of 2013 and its complete and total cessation as a subculture by the end of 2014 took crunkcore with it, and by the middle of the decade, almost no one was willing to admit that they had ever listened to any of those acts, unless it was to make fun of their past musical taste. The few acts that survived did so by retooling their sound, while Attila's deathcore and Nu Metal leanings helped them avoid the fallout largely unscathed.

Should not be confused with the separate but somewhat related genre electronicore, which is essentially metalcore and post-hardcore with electronic elements.

Bands associated with crunkcore include:

For the sake of this article, "screamo" will remain synonymous with "mid-00's post-hardcore/melodic metalcore" here and "emo" with "music associated with the emo/scene trend". Let's not contest how authentically emo or screamo any of the bands mentioned here are; it's just a hassle.

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