Ex-Faith No More Member Claims Red Hot Chili Peppers Didn’t Create Rap Rock: ‘I Did’

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There has been a lot written and spoken about who the heck just invented rap-rock. OK, OK, maybe there hasn’t. But unlike the late ’90s rap metal movement that stunk to high heaven, there were certainly exceptions – specifically the first gentlemen that were bold enough to merge the rap and rock together – Run-DMC/Aerosmith, Beastie Boys, early Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthrax/Public Enemy, etc.

But who was the the first? According to original Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley, none of the aforementioned artists. When I interviewed him recently for the Long Island Pulse website, he explained why in fact, he was the originator!

I would say I am the originator. Some will argue and say the Chili Peppers, and I will say, “No, that was funk.” Some will say the Beastie Boys, and I’ll say, “No, they were playing punk rock, then they started playing the beats, then they started playing the rock.”

Clearly, the [Faith No More] song “We Care a Lot,” because that’s the one that’s all over the place. But really, I have to give credit to Mike Patton and “Epic,” because when he did it, it was a platinum record, so everybody looked at that. Technically, they say that first, and then all the younger folks went back and found out, “Oh, they’ve got two more records in their catalog,” and then found the original prototype. Anybody will tell you, I suffer from low self-esteem and lack of confidence, but I will own what’s mine.

If you live in the United States of America, you may soon get a chance to see Mr. Mosley on a nearby concert stage – performing Faith No More classics, as well as newly penned tunes. Check out the dates here:

JULY 20
Chuck Mosley / The Up Up Ups / The Primitive Finks / Joshua Adair(upstairs)
Thu 7 PM
The Barbary
Philadelphia, PA

JULY 21
Chuck Mosley (original lead singer of FAITH NO MORE) & Guests
Fri 7 PM
The Brighton Bar 121 Brighton Ave Long Branch NJ

JULY 22
Chuck Mosley “Mostly” Acoustic
Sat 7 PM
Mr. Beerys
Bethpage, NY

JULY 23
Chuck Mosley(Faith No More, Bad Brains) Acoustic On The Roof
Sun 6 PM
Mathew’s Pub
Portland, ME

JULY 24
Chuck Mosley(Faith No More)*Ladymob*Demon Seeds*Tenafly Vipers
Mon 9 PM
Koto
Salem, MA

JULY 25
Chuck Mosley//Pushing Sides/Unusual Squirrel at Union Hall-BK
Tue 7:30 PM
Union Hall
New York, NY

JULY 26
Chuck Mosley (ex-Faith No More & Bad Brains) Live at Cherry St!
Wed 8 PM
Cherry Street Station
Wallingford, CT

JULY 27
Chuck Mosley Mostly Acoustic
Thu 7 PM
Ottobar
Baltimore, MD

JULY 28
Chuck Mosley and Casting Ships
Fri 9:30 PM
The Anchor
Kingston, NY

JULY 29
Chuck Mosley (FaithNoMore/BadBrains) Post Traumatik & Dumplings!
Sat 9 PM
Howlers
Pittsburgh, PA

AUG 6
Chuck Mosley (Formerly Of Faith No More) Free Show In Youngstown
Aug 6 – Aug 7
Chipper’s Sports Bar
Youngstown, OH

AUG 12
Molly Maguires*Chuck Mosley*Here/After/I Turned Into a Mandolin
Sat 8 PM CDT
The Gig
Beaumont, TX

AUG 23
Chuck Mosley (ex-Faith No More and Bad Brains) acoustic show
Wed 8 PM PDT
Rock Hard PDX
Portland, OR

AUG 24
Chuck Mosley (ex Faith No More & Bad Brains) acoustic show
Thu 8 PM PDT
Shanahans Pub & Grill
Vancouver, WA

AUG 30
Chuck Mosley of Faith No More with Zander Schloss at 89th Street
Wed 7 PM CDT
89th Street – OKC
Oklahoma City, OK

SEP 9
Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains)
Sat 8 PM
The Open Chord
Knoxville

SEP 29
Chuck Mosley @ Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ
Fri 7 PM
Clifton, NJ

OCT 6
Chuck Mosley (faith no more bad brains) Mudfoot Lowdown On The Highlife Firebarker Free SHOW
Fri 4 PM
Phantasy Nightclub
Lakewood, OH

Chuck photo by Sean Beeman.

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  • Casey Sutter

    Yeah, I don’t think so.. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE can take credit. FNM had a few songs on an album with some rappy rock.. but RAGE made it their act…

    • Curt Rogers

      Soooooooooooo… You don’t really understand the word “create”. Ok.

  • El Rock

    If I decide to catch one of those shows, I’m def wearing a red asterix, lol