How Kareem 'Big K.O.' Denis and Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels are bringing hard rock guitar back to hip-hop

Kareem 'BIG K.O.' Denis and Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
(Image credit: Darryl's Music Channel (DMC-TV)/YouTube)

When we think about guitar-driven music in all its forms, we don't often align it with hip-hop. Still, if we harken back to hip-hop's earlier years, the six-string indeed has its place.

Kareen Denis, a producer, songwriter, and guitarist who goes by the moniker 'Big K.O.,' knows this about as well as anybody, considering he was raised in an era where artists such as Run-DMC and ZZ Top happily coexisted on MTV and FM radio. In recent years, Denis has made it a mission of sorts to dial back and, once again, aid in bridging the widening gap between rock and hip-hop.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.