February 15, 2004

Honey pie, you are making me Jay-Z

As someone who is only periodically a fan of rap music (a list of the rap albums I listen to with any regularity: Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique"; Public Enemy, "Fear of a Black Planet"; Outkast, "Speakerboxxx"), I can say I've been enjoying the illicit "Grey Album", mixed by DJ Danger Mouse.

For those of you not in the loop on this, DJ Danger Mouse took the vocal tracks to Jay-Z's "The Black Album", and mixed them all with samples from the Beatles' White Album. It was briefly available for sale in some out-of-the-way venues, but EMI put the kibosh on that noise, and it's been pulled. However, this has actually made it easier for you to get your hands on a copy, because now the whole album is being hosted at the Illegal Art website.

I particularly recommend "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" (mixed with "Julia", using a very satisfying cut-up technique) and "99 Problems" (mixed with "Helter Skelter"). Go on and get ur recontextualization on.

Posted by Francis at 12:58 PM