I'm starting to teach my cousin guitar. I plan on teaching her Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Beatles, ect. in the futre. But for now I'm gonna try to start teaching her stuff she is used to listening to. Does anyone know any rap/hip-hop songs with decent guitar riffs in them? Aside from like nu-metal, ratm, and beastie boys. I already have Lose Yourself by Eminem down, so if anyone knows anything else, has a better knowledge of rap/hip-hop it would help.
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D.O.A by Jay-Z has a cool guitar thing going on. You could also easily translate the sax part to the guitar.
Eazy E boyz in tha hood.

Dynamite Hack did a version of it that is great.

EDIT: Ice Ice Baby, other wise known as pressuer by Queen. Or walk this way by Aerosmith
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Check out the hip hop collaboration the black keys did. It was called Blakroc.

Done did it (I think that's what it was called) has a particularly awesome riff.
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Also, look up some of Anthrax's rap collaborations, notable Bring the Noise with Public Enemy.
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Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day.
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Also, look up some of Anthrax's rap collaborations, notable Bring the Noise with Public Enemy.

That's exactly what I was going to say.
Learn to play funk guitar. A hell of a lot of rap guitar parts are just old funk riffs. There are some great funk lessons on YouTube.
The violin on Remember The Name by Fort Minor was played on guitar live once. I'll see if I can find the link and edit this post. It might be a bit (very) hard if your cousin is just starting but try Where'd You Go by FM. Its easy enough and sounds amazing.

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if you check youtube just type a song and put guitar cover you can usually find guitar covers of rap or hip hop songs. they're usually acoustic and really simple, but with a little digging you can find most songs. 'specially "top 40" songs


Finding a cover by a pro none-rap artist is usually a good start, cuz you can adapt that version (with correct chords and notes, which are otherwise hard to come by) to have a more rap/hip hop flow. First example that comes to mind is the Fray and Kanye West's Heartless.


Ride Wit Me - Nelly.
How to Love - Lil Wayne.
Man I used to Be - k-os
Got This Money - Childish Gambino
POWER - Kanye West
Heartless - Kanye West
Pursuit of Happiness - Kid Cudi
Erase Me - Kid Cudi

are pretty guitar friendly (specially the last two). search around for em.

good luck!!
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Not Rap necessarily, but its own genre; RATM

EDIT: lol skimmed the OP, didn't see that part

Everlast - What its like

Really easy, good song.
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The Roots use a real, well...everything- guitars, drums, etc. They also do a nice collaboration with Cody Chesnutt called "The Seed."

You might also want to check out L.L. Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" as performed on MTV's Unplugged- he used a live band that really found that song's groove.

After Run DMC/Aerosmith and PE/Anthrax, there was a big explosion of rap-rock fusion that eventually paved the way for bands like RATM, Korn, Linkin Park, 311, Limp Bizkit and the like. 24/7 Spyz, Bodycount, Mordred, Me Phi Me, HardCorp, Lucy Brown, Eye & I, Follow For Now and the soundtrack Judgement Night all played a role.

That soundtrack is especially juicy because it contains a dozen or so collaborations that follow the formula set down by PE/Anthrax. See here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_Night_(soundtrack)
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only 1 you need to learn her.
Aerosmith ft. Run DMC - Walk this Way
also the riff just sounds epic as hell.
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She said she likes Jay-Z, Eminem, Kid Cudi and a couple other people, but she just said find whatever is rap. And I never thoguht about Walk this Way, I'll deffinitly be doin that
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Lapdance by nerd,,,,,,,,,,, nice easy begineers riff
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