Ultimate Hip Hop Mashups
Calling in 10 years since ‘Encore’ with some of the best hip mash ups around
Can you believe it’s been ten years since Linkin’ Park and Jay Z made ‘Numb/Encore’? In that time, Bey and Jay have consciously coupled, Jay and ‘ye have become serious bros and Linkin Park managed to become the first rock band to reach one billion hits on youtube. Pretty good going for what could have been a nu-metal/rap/electronic car crash.
To celebrate the tenth year of their mash up album ‘Collision Course’ here are ten of the best hip-hop mash ups.
Jay Z and The Beatles- ‘Public Service Announcement’
Released the same year as ‘Collision Course’, ‘Public Service Announcement’ comes from an entire album of Jay Z and Beatles mash ups, taking Jay’s a cappella vocals from The Black Album and the instrumentals from The Beatles’ The White Album to create the geniusly titled Grey Album. Smudging the pallet of tripped out 60s psychadelia and wordy Brooklyn rap, ‘Public Service Announcement’ gives a little lullaby edge to Jay Z’s “Che Guevara with bling on”
The xx and Notorious B.I.G- ‘Dead Wrong Intro’
After the crazy success of The xx’s debut album, it was only a matter of time before mash ups and remixes of their tracks began to surface all over the internet. When San Fransican producer wait what got his hands on it, he married it with the music of Notorious B.I.G, resulting in ‘The notorious xx’. This is the sort of music that gets put on in the background and makes a room quiet because everyone wants to listen. 'Dead Wrong Intro' is haunting and weighty at the same time. Beaut.
Clipse and The Doors- ‘Break on Through/Whens the Last Time’
Divided by the ocean of difference between hip-hop and rock and roll, what Clipse and The Doors shared was their lifestyle. Both known for their notorious involvement with drugs, it's fitting that they meet in song. Stitched together to perfection on this album called 'Keys Open Doors' “Break on Through/When’s the Last Time” takes Jim Morrison's bumpy riff and makes 'When's The Last Time' by Clipse one to dance to.
JJ and Dr Dre- Still
JJ were never an act who hit the big time, but Dr Dre definitely did. In the same vein as The notorious xx, “Still” layers silky vocals over Dre’s infamous “Still Dre”, to the same eerie effect. Though this comes as a standalone track from JJ rather than one from an entire album, we still rate it for its sonic kindness.
Jamie xx and Gil Scott Heron-NY Is Killing Me
Picking just one track from Jamie xx’s standout “We’re New Here” album is a chore at best. Less a mash up album than a series of Gil Scott-Heron songs that have been reconceptualised. The obvious choice would be to go with “Take Care”, reappropriated by Drake and Rihanna and universally loved though “NY is Killing Me” is a dirty dance track that'll make you full on want to wiggle with its bouncing basslines. Not technically a mash up but definitely worth a place in any list of hip hop redos.
Notorious B.I.G. and Miley Cyrus. Party and Bullsh*t in The USA
Because no list about hip hop crossovers would be complete without Miley, the ultimate pop star fan girl. Who knew that the “Party In the USA” popstrel would a few years later be collaborating with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and French Montana? Sadly this track is the closest she'll ever get to collaborating with Biggie, and it's a shame it's with a song she's probably deeply embarassed by.
By Tamara Roper