Most of you have probably heard of this album, but never heard any of the music from it. There’s a reason for that, unfortunately… but first, I’ll give you a little background information to shed some light on this masterpiece.
Reads the Rolling Stone review of the album:
“I had seen that there were these a cappella Jay-Z records,” says Danger Mouse, a New York native who has found his greatest success in England. “I was listening to the Beatles later that day, and it just hit me like a wave. I was like, ‘Wait a minute — I can do this.’ “
Yup – this incredible DJ has brought together the two opposite sides of the spectrum – classic Beatles tracks, and modern rap. That’s right!
Beatles’ White Album + Jay-Z’s Black Album = The Grey Album
Unfortunately, before the album could hit retail shelves, EMI started throwing cease-and-decist orders at Dangermouse’s studio. Now, the only way to witness this wonderful music is to find it online. I’m not going to provide any links here, but it’s not too hard to find.
Now, on to the music… it’s hard to believe that nobody made this connection much sooner. It really seems like a match made in heaven. Everything matches out really well, and the blend is eerily perfect. Again, Rolling Stone gives some excellent examples of how each individual pairing works so well:
Jigga’s ubiquitous “Change Clothes” is now spit out over some sped-up harpsichords from the Beatles’ “Piggies,” infusing the track with a goofy bounce. On the other end of the spectrum, the gunning guitar blasts from “Helter Skelter” are cleverly spliced throughout Jay’s arrogant “99 Problems,” giving the track a rumbling metal undertone that recalls Run-DMC’s Raising Hell.
All in all, this is incredible music. I especially love “99 Problems”, because of not only the lyrics, but how well it works with the Beatles’ riffs. Final words: You know you’re dealing with a well-blended mix when you can’t tell whether you downloaded the original by accident, never having heard it.
Rating: 5.5/6 Stars
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