Posts Tagged "mashups"

04.19.2012

Stayin' Juicy

For the past few days, all eyes have been on the holographic reincarnation of Tupac Shakur… hell, maybe even Tupac’s eyes were on the holographic reincarnation of Tupac Shakur from his secret hideout somewhere. All novelty aside, I prefer to focus on more futuristic scenarios… yes, even more futuristic than holograms, which aren’t really all that futuristic anyway, considering they’ve existed almost exclusively in McDonald’s Happy Meals since around the time The Grimace still had four arms.

statue of liberty in ruins Stayin Juicy

Centuries from now, imagine a primitive society, emerging from the ashen doom of this era, stumbles upon a recording of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Juicy,” and takes particular note of the lyric, “Time to get paid, blow up like the world trade.” Lacking the proper historical records, they assume he was a prophet, and base an entire religious structure around the larger-than-life rap legend. Sound crazy?

Stayin’ Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G. / Bee Gee’s / Teddy Bears mashup

Hey, stranger things have happened. It’s basically how, like, a lot of the Bible was misinterpreted over the course of human history. But you don’t want to hear all that. Anyway, if a futuristic cult has to spend the next age of humanity worshiping something it might as well be one of the very few rap songs that has managed to ascend far past its genre. Indeed, “Juicy” is now enjoying its legacy in overpriced nightclubs full of Armani Exchange-clad morons, every single weekend, all throughout NYC’s douchiest neighborhoods. As far as hip hop songs that can unite a huge variety of kind-of-annoying people go, it might even beat “Hey Ya.”

11.23.2011

I'm a guy with a rep for being rude

bartman Im a guy with a rep for being rude

Diplo - Crispy/Bartman (So Krispy Mix)

Little known fact: Michael Jackson wrote “Do the Bartman,” and I can’t decide if that’s kind of amazing, or kind of disturbing.

“So move your body, if you’ve got the notion, front to back in a rock-like motion.”

michael jackson Im a guy with a rep for being rude

09.02.2011

Slow Like That

Well, it’s the Friday of Labor Day Long Weekend, aka summer’s official death rattle, and I would rather be A. asleep, B. smoking marijuana, C. half-napping, half-stoned on the couch, sometimes dozing off, sometimes thinking about how cool it would be if I had Wolverine’s healing factor, D. all of the above, instead of sitting here writing a music review 80% of you probably won’t care about. Nevertheless, I’ve been listening to the following two albums so compulsively for the past couple weeks it would be truly negligent not to say anything.

Ever since I let Wugazi’s 13 Chambers into my life, I have not known peace. The album mashes up Wu-Tang classics with Fugazi instrumentals and it has invaded my mind most completely. This is one of those projects that was either going to end in disaster or reveal some kind of visionary, calculated genius, and fortunately for us, the latter won out. I share it with you now, not simply because it is good, but because these are some of the most infectious remixes I’ve ever heard. So infectious that not only can I not stop listening to the album, but I also feel compelled to spread the contagion far and wide. Watch out Matt Damon, if Gwyneth Paltrow gets a hold of this, homegirl’s going to be catching seizures all over the mo’fuckin’ house.

wugazi 13chambers cover Slow Like That

Picking a single track to post was no small task. It felt like having to choose between Doritos and Cheetos, as if only one classic, fake-cheese-dust-covered snack would be allowed to continue to exist in this world… the future of the world’s munchable consumption hanging in your hands. No one should have to make such a choice. I’m quite serious when I say that every one of these 13 tracks is expertly crafted, the mixes elevating the source material — the Wu-Tang Clan’s aggressive, uncompromising vocals and Fugazi’s raw, unrelenting riffs don’t work together merely on a hooky level like, say, mashing up Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” with… well… pretty much anything. Rather, the samples inform and compliment each other perfectly, coalescing like individual Voltron robots, seemingly designed to one day unite and create something terrifying and awesome.

Wugazi - Ghetto Afterthought

The best part? The whole album’s available for free right here. Do not sleep on this. Pretty much no need to listen to anything ever again… except for this next album of course…

ghostfunk cover Slow Like That

Since we’re on the topic of Wu-Tang mashup albums, I would be remiss if I failed to include Max Tannone’s innovative Ghostfunk, which pairs my favorite Clansman, Ghostface Killa, with African funk, soul and some psychedelic rock. It’s not nearly as hardcore as Wugazi for fairly obvious reasons, but it might be a good aural cleanser to put on afterward, if you’re still salivating for some of Starky Love’s unmistakable rhymes.

ghostface killah Slow Like That

Max Tannone is the guy behind the relatively seminal Jaydiohead, along with the fantastic Mos Dub. While Ghostfunk is likely his most experimental project to date, it works surprisingly well and definitely sounds fresh, thanks to his considerable skill when it comes to combing for obscure samples and bastardizing classic songs.

Ghostfunk - The Same Girl

Tonally, it’s incredibly different than anything on Wugazi, and really, most original Ghostface tracks I can think of, despite his reliance on R&B influences post Wu-Tang. Indeed, Ghostfunk takes Ghostface’s usual soulful production to an entirely new level. Considering the dichotomy between the laid back, funky grooves and Ghost’s typically raspy, demanding delivery, it’s impressive how the final product does not find its individual samples at odds at all. Instead, the building blocks here work together to form something natural and remarkably chill. Most of all, it sounds like something new, and in today’s music industry, particularly mainstream hip-hop, that’s a rare artifact to be prized.

Another must-have for any fan of Wu-Tang or progressive mashups in general, and maestro Max Tannone makes it easy for you by offering it for free. Now what are you waiting for? Load up that fucking iWhatever and enjoy your last true summer weekend with some of the best music I’ve listened to this season.

08.19.2011

Are you afraid of it?

Historically, I’ve proven to be a pretty unapologetic mash-up sympathizer. Maybe that makes me a monster, an enemy of human culture, just another vulture picking at the ruins of our society. I don’t know. And frankly, I don’t care. These ruins taste delicious, as 17-year-old wunderkind Madeon deftly illustrates with this decidedly monster-mash, a dizzying mix of 39 samples that coalesce to form an entirely new song.

I’ve listened to a lot far too many mash-ups in the past few years, and this is still really fresh. There’s true value in the genre when you can break down songs to this level, making individual samples hardly recognizable and burying them within a larger, original piece. As if simply starting hipster dance parties all over the globe wasn’t valuable enough icon confused Are you afraid of it?

Kids these days… they may be socially inept, but they’re sure good at computery shit! At least we can still communicate with the power of song, right? Even if “song” has come to mean “a series of repeating bloops, blips, aahs, and oohs, culled from a multi-colored pop culture soup, combined to form something resembling what was once considered ‘music.’” Ah well, maybe we’ll appreciate it once we all have robot ears.

Anyway, here’s the complete (and completely staggering) alphabetical list of source material:

Alphabeat - Boyfriend / Alphabeat - Fascination / Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars / Black Eyed Peas - Gotta Feeling / Britney Spears - …Baby One More Time / Capsule - Can I Have A Word / Chromeo - Momma’s Boy / Coldplay - Viva La Vida / Daft Punk - Aerodynamic / Daft Punk - Around The World / Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) / Deadmau5 - Right This Second / Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed / ELO - Mr. Blue Sky / Girls Aloud - Biology / Gorillaz - Dare / Gossip - Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix) / Gwen Stefani - What You Waitin For (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) / Housse de Racket - Oh Yeah / Justice - DVNO / Justice - Phantom Part II / Katy Perry - One Of The Boys / Ke$ha - Take It Off / Kylie Minogue - Wow / Lady Gaga - Alejandro / Linkin Park - Crawling / Madonna - Hung Up / Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette - Boys and Girls / Michael Jackson - Billie Jean / Nero - Me and You / One Republic - All The Right Moves (Danger Remix) / One-T - Magic Key / Ratatat - Shempi / Solange - I Decided (Freemasons Remix) / Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You / The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star / The Killers - Losing Touch / The Who - Baba O’Riley (SebastiAn Remix) / Yelle - Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)

I don’t even know about half of those songs, so maybe that’s adding to the novelty factor of Madeo’s symphony. Or maybe I’m just getting old and losing touch with pop music since I haven’t been hanging around that many high school dances ever since that restraining order thing came in the mail.

04.12.2011

Pledge your allegiance

To skateboard is to bruise. Falling and hurting yourself is an unavoidable reality of the pursuit of flippy tricky things. No matter how good you are, you will fall. In fact, sometimes the better you are, the more likely it is that you will fall particularly badly because you’re skating harder shit, with greater potential to cause you harm. In the long run, of course it’s worth it, but some days there is no sense of accomplishment to be had, only road rash and showers that burn.

all black and blue everything1 Pledge your allegiance

I know mashups are done to death at this point, but I still really enjoy them… I think it has something to do with all the marijuana and my rapidly deteriorating attention span. What was I saying? Oh, yeah, I was unintentionally listening to one that contains the Jay-Z line, “All black everything,” which this illustration is a play on. The song itself is actually pretty fucking awesome, it’s from The Milkman’s latest mashup album, Algorithms. For fans of Girl Talk, The Hood Internet, and people who secretly like Ke$ha and Katy Perry songs but don’t want to admit it — you know the drill by now.

Milkman - Come On

Anyway, the reason I bring it up is even though that line became pretty well-known and was even widely taken as fashion dogma in certain circles, it’s actually a fairly limited way of managing your appearance. Granted, it’s an easy, reliable formula if you don’t mind occasionally looking like a bus boy or high school girl who has candle-lit midnight blood ceremonies. Basically, black is the absence of color, and if you wear too much of it at one time, you end up looking like… well… a zero.

Also, I just really wanted to post that song. So there.

02.25.2011

It's... the... remix!

What to do when your entire, bloated music collection has gotten stale? Obviously, start listening to mashups of all the stale songs until their very last drop of novelty has been drained. And nobody juices mainstream hip hop and indie rock better than The Hood Internet, so I was delighted to find they just put out Volume Five in their long-running mixtape series. It’s a solid release that seldom misses a beat and packs plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, which is pretty standard for the ever-consistent Chicago-based duo. With rumors of the team poised to release a full length of original productions later this year, this might even be the last we see of the legendary Hood Internet mixtape. Which would be okay, since this one goes out with a bang and I think we’ve all endured the merciless overplaying of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” for long enough.

hood internet Its... the... remix!

DJs STV SLV and ABX, aka The Hood Internet

The typically staggering list of 30 tracks belies the album’s relative brevity — this time around, The Hood gets to the point and the whole thing blazes by pretty unexpectedly. For all the delightfully guilty peaks it has to offer, you might find yourself missing some if you’re not paying attention. Overall, it’s tighter and more succinct than their last offering, but at the same time, it feels less epic. Granted, at the time of its release, I remember feeling like The Mixtape Volume 4 was so loaded with talentless top 40 rap samples that I could barely stand it, whereas this time, the two Drake songs are melodic enough that they slip by practically unnoticed. It’s less likely to bring the roof down at your next all-night dance party, but it’s probably also less likely to annoy the fucking shit out of somebody if they aren’t into that Soulja Boy sample the 700th time around.

Of course, The Hood Internet are at their best when it comes to giving some shine to kids who sit at the “alternative” table in the cafeteria. For example, The Mixtape Volume 5 includes a cut off their Tobacco x Felt EP which reminded me of how good that album was.

The Hood Internet - Hot Tub Freaks Like You {Felt x Tobacco}

That’s not the first time the group has sampled from Tobacco’s cookie jar, either. A few years earlier, they released an EP blending Tobacco with Aesop Rock, which is also sick, albeit painfully short.

The Hood Internet - Hairy Candy at 11:35 {Aesop Rock x Tobacco}

Those are some of the Hood’s more obscure combinations, but fear not if you don’t happen to have an encyclopedic knowledge of backpack rap or electronic indie rock. All the high-charting dumb dumbs you’ve grown to love, or at the very least tolerate, make appearances as well.

And speaking of… I have to make special note of the R. Kelly x Major Lazer mashup, which is fucking incredible and I’m not just saying that because Kells is my kryptonite. Indeed, the unholy union of “Ignition” and “Keep It Going Louder” seems entirely inevitable in hindsight. For who doesn’t want to keep “Ignition” going louder? Makes sense.

The Hood Internet - Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder) {R. Kelly x Major Lazer}

There are a whole bunch of other bangers on the album, too. There’s a surprisingly killer blend of BBU’s “Chi Don’t Dance” and Broken Bells’ “Citizen”. Another highlight, Clipse’s “Virginia” over the triumphant horns of “Cameras” by Matt & Kim doesn’t hit quite the height of the Beastie Boys and Matt & Kim amalgamation from the last mixtape, but it’s still pretty goddamn awesome anyway. Though, my personal favorite might go to the marriage of “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and The XX, because I’m really just a well-off white boy from the suburbs and DMX still gets me all riled up.

Like so many of the best things in life, the entire album is available as a free download, so your only excuse for not checking it out is if you just straight up don’t like mashups. In which case, uh, sorry for boring you for the past 640 words! Maybe I can’t speak for everyone, but I, for one, am going to be riding this wave of lowbrow brilliance all the way to quitting time tonight.

11.19.2010

In your eyes

It was pretty inevitable that I would come to review All Day, Girl Talk’s latest and free-est mashup manifesto — just as some of the blends within sound so perfect together their ultimate pairing also seemed inevitable. What was perhaps not inevitable, however, was this fifth Girl Talk album, coming on the heels of nearly five years worth of DJs trying their hand at Gregg Gillis’ fun-loving formula following Night Ripper’s release in 2006. It’s interesting that its construction was an entirely secret affair — the album dropped on the Internet completely unannounced Monday morning, perhaps in an effort to avoid a whirlwind of hype that would have been impossible to live up to, considering living up to his own reputation was probably Gillis’ primary concern here.

girl talk In your eyes

Girl Talk - photo via billboard.com

On first listen, admittedly, the effort seems underwhelming, even disappointing. While Night Ripper was groundbreaking, and Feed the Animals was a masterful, triumphant middle finger to a stumbling hoard of copycats, All Day initially feels a bit like that episode of Doug where everybody in town starts wearing his trademark outfit, and after some early struggle to reclaim his intellectual property, he finally admits defeat and just goes along with everybody else.

Truthfully, All Day is weakened less by whiffs on Gillis’ part, but rather by supersaturation in the genre as a whole. The mashup party album is a genre unto itself by now, to say nothing (or little, in this case) of concept driven mashup albums such as the reflective Jay-Z vs. Coldplay full length, Viva La Hova and the downright beautiful Illinoize, which combines classic hip-hop verses and Sufjan Stevens’ lush instrumentation. The point is, this shit is some extremely well-worn territory and I was hoping the master of mashups could have come up with something… well… new.

Make no mistake, this album is still delightfully scarred by strokes of brilliance and it’s an entirely worthwhile affair if you’re looking for something to inject more life into your lagging impromptu booze-fueled dance parties. Girl Talk’s gift is not finding tracks that seem like they always belonged together, but finding tracks that seem like they should have never been combined and using his strange alchemy to turn all the disparate slop into gold. More and more of these inspired little moments surface upon multiple listens, as you stop noticing the overtired Gaga acknowledgments and maddening admittance of dumb dumbs like Soulja Boy and Wacka Flacka, and start recognizing the multitude of samples stuffed into each track. There are combinations here so powerful they could crush any dance floor, regardless of taste or too-cool cynicism. M.O.P.‘s “Ante Up” on top of “Party In The USA”, Twista spitting hot flame at U2’s “With or Without You”, and ODB slurring over Radiohead’s “Creep” are awe-inspiring monstrosities — exactly the type of shit you listen to a Girl Talk album for.

Girl Talk - That’s Right

Nonetheless, even his strongest mixes reveal the central problem of a nearly-exhausted formula. No matter how delightful hearing a 90s alternative track that had previously fallen into obscurity blended with filthy hip hop can be, there are only so many top 40 hip hop tracks from the past decade waiting to be sourced for vocal material. And although inclusions of forgotten rap gems from earlier in the decade like Lil Kim’s “The Jump Off” help, it’d be cool to hear some more variety, not only within the huge umbrella term of hip hop but also outside the genre. Marrying two contrasting rock songs is an altogether more complicated and dangerous affair, but it’d be nice to hear somebody pull it off well for once. Ultimately, this complaint is really directed towards all mashups of late, but if anybody could send us zooming into the future of the mashup it’s Girl Talk, and he missed an opportunity here, choosing instead to revel in the waning greatness of the familiar.

At the same time, I do feel like a bit of a party pooper for criticizing a finely-tuned party album that not only achieves its primary purpose quite astutely, but also does it for free. And I must impress upon you that this album gets better every time you listen to it. It may not be revolutionary, but it’s still better than most of the dreck out there, even if that dreck is part of the reason All Day doesn’t hit as hard as Girl Talk’s past two releases. If you’re a fan, give it some time — it deserves that much anyway, since it’s not like you paid for the fucking thing.

07.30.2010

Treat the beat like a hemorrhoid

It was with great hesitation that I downloaded the latest mashup album to float into my net, (500) Days of Weezy. For one thing, I haven’t seen (500) Days of Summer, because I heard it was for people who enjoy crying, and the album employs the film’s soundtrack as samples for all of the beats. Additionally, I’m just really fucking tired of Lil’ Wayne. I’m glad he went to jail. That’s right, I said it. I think we all needed a break from Weezy, personally. And Weezy probably needed a break from rotting his stomach with children’s prescription cough syrup.

500 days of weezy Treat the beat like a hemorrhoid

This is not a mashup album, this is an album about Wayne.

In any case, (500) Days of Weezy turned out to be quite a surprise, loaded with some of the most enjoyable and surprising mashups I’ve heard lately. A major reason the album is so compelling is the moodiness created by samples from classic Morrissey and Simon & Garfunkel songs, interspersed with clips of Wayne’s revealing interview with Katie Couric. The fact that producer My Sick Uncle was able to create something that sounds this honest and new out of entirely derivative material is an achievement.

People are quick to dismiss mashups, both music snobs and music morons alike, and it’s not entirely undeserved. Today, a simple A + B mashup is about as done to death as J. Howard Marshall. It’s hard to take a shitty song and make it not shitty, but that’s exactly why good mashups are impressive. I’m more than happy to let a bunch of geeks with laptops and beards do what they can to salvage the dreck today’s starlets hurl upon the charts.

Fortunately, since most of the obvious blends have been thoroughly plundered at this point, hopeful mashup DJs have been forced to get a little more creative. Lately, a bevy of mashup concept albums have been released. While this can be something of a hit or miss endeavor, they’re still some of the most original remix projects I’ve heard in a long time. As it turns out, there’s plenty of gold left to be mined if you abandon the Top 40 meets Top 40 formula. Huge surprise, I know.

Lil’ Wayne x Doves - Fear Forever

To be honest, this is the best Lil’ Wayne material I’ve heard in a long time. There are miles more depth here than in the stillborn Rebirth. And the unusual collection of instrumentals backing his rhymes are a welcome breath of fresh air for the hoarse rapper whose sound has gotten significantly watered down due to over saturation. Instead of generic club bangers and weird autotuned rap ballads about getting your dick sucked, we get an entirely unique product: something… well, something worth listening to.

07.09.2010

Jamaica's alright, if you like kiwi, bananas and spiders

Last night, when I went skateboarding in the hopes of avoiding the sun’s deadliest noontime rays, it was still so goddamned hot I think my genome mutated. This winter, I spent months trapped inside my cinder-block castle in Chicago, performing dark rituals in the hope of encouraging summer’s early arrival. Well, it’s pretty much just on schedule, nonetheless, summer’s here in a big way — after a week of 90+ degree temperatures, I envision the entire Northeast looking like a frying egg in one of those old-school anti-drug ads. Indeed, I can hear the sizzling from here… oh shit, actually, that’s just my flesh. Moving on.

Temperatures this steamy call for a few things, preferably in order — good tunes, an abundance of beers to get you nice, and by “nice” I mean really, really dehydrated, and finally, your very own Crocodile Mile. Now, I won’t pretend to know your preference in alcoholic beverages so you’re going to have to handle that on your own, and I better not see you eyeing my Crocodile Mile again. But I can provide you with some awesome jams, and can pretty much assure you that your summer will suck if you don’t download the Mos Dub remix album produced by Max Tannone.

mos def Jamaicas alright, if you like kiwi, bananas and spiders

Mos Def - photo via capcomsarcade.com

The producer behind the well-received Jaydiohead mashup album put out some fucking HEAT a couple months ago, just in time for the sweltering fourth of the year. The album features a number of Mos Def and Black Star tracks remixed with classic dub reggae plates and they work so well together it’s kind of hard to believe it wasn’t done before. The highest point of achievement for any remix or mashup is to actually improve on the original source material, and at least in my opinion, a lot of these tracks are far better than Mos Def’s originals. This is a creative, original project that’s expertly produced and simply different.

Mos Dub - History Town (Mos Def feat. Talib Kweli x Desmond Dekker & The Aces)

Can I issue an open call for more dub-inspired beats in hip hop going forward? Maybe it’s all the herb, or maybe I’m not thinking straight due to the sun-poisoning, but this shit is doing it for me in a major way right now. This is the sound of good times, of kicking back and cooling out, which is a very, aheh, refreshing thing lately. The case of Capri Sun I picked up earlier is probably a little more refreshing, but let’s not get into technicalities here. I was just trying to make you jealous, anyway.

Mos Def is consistently a creative voice in the increasingly homogeneous hip hop genre, so his solid lyrics with his laid-back delivery mixed with grooving, easy-going dub is not only a no-brainer, but a veritable instant classic. Download the album right here, right now, or put the rest of your pool parties this summer in serious jeopardy. Is that the kind of blood you want on your hands?

11.13.2009

Rope a dope dookies all around the neck

The Hood Internet, Chicago’s own masters of mashupry, just put out their much anticipated (by me) fourth mixtape this week. They stand out a bit from the rest of the post-Night Ripper mashup herd — using mainly alternative and indie music for the instrumentals not only sounds different, it sounds great. I’ve been hoping for more rappers to embrace beats heavily featuring piano or string instruments for years, so The Hood kind of just did the work for me.

the hood internet Rope a dope dookies all around the neck

The Hood Internet

How does numero four measure up to their previous material? Well… it’s kind of a wash. In some ways it’s weaker, but it also features some of their best work to date.

The album’s vocals focus on classics and really recent singles, which has a varying degree of success considering most recent singles are fucking horrible. That’s easily this album’s weakest point — a lot of the sampled vocals are just not good songs… ever. The Hood Internet’s production powers do a lot to help them at least, and thanks to that, there really aren’t points on the album that aren’t interesting if nothing else.

Largely, this is a problem suffered by the mash up community as a whole. The classics have been oversampled by this point, and the new material sucks to work with. There is still room for innovation and originality, but that room is getting smaller as the genre grows older and new music grows dumber.

My favorite song on the entire album is this mix of The Beastie Boys rapping over Matt and Kim’s “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare.” This is the shit that mashup glory is made of — you don’t need to know either song to love this track, despite the Beastie Boys’ presence it doesn’t rely on nostalgic charm, and it uses a practically nonexistent sample in the genre for its back beat. Put simply, it becomes a new song entirely.

Beastie Boys x Matt and Kim - Good Ol’ Fashion Rump Shaker

So we’ve established what The Hood can do with a classic track, how about one of those terribly shitty new ones? Begrudgingly, Lil’ Wayne is the best of the new school pack if we’re talking raw talent alone — that said, he’s an insane person and is also only in it for a check, which is why he is so easily swayed by the retarded whims of the public. This mashup of “Comfortable” with a synth pop instrumental by Norwegian electro weirdos Royksopp proves you can use an all digital beat and have it be incredible, instead of mindnumbing. Take note Weez.

Lil’ Wayne x Royksopp - Comfortable Up Here

Download the full album here, or don’t… it’s no sweat off my sack.

10.05.2009

The cloudy town of Hellview: Population 96

If you grew up skating in the late 90s and were young and stupid enough to be convinced that Bam Margera was the coolest human being alive, there’s a good chance you have some residual love for the band CKY. Regardless of how obnoxious Bam and his gigantic, all-seeing mole have become, his brother’s band really does kick some pretty decent ass.

jayz cky The cloudy town of Hellview: Population 96

Nonetheless, none of their songs really received any kind of mainstream attention aside from inclusion in video parts and Jackass episodes. So when I heard CKY’s menacingly catchy “96 Quite Bitter Beings” mashed up with HOV, I was all like icon eek The cloudy town of Hellview: Population 96

The fact that the song also contains samples from Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” and the fucking Jackson 5 and still somehow didn’t turn into a complete trainwreck is truly awe-inspiring.

Super Mash Bros - Future Dads (Platinum Edition)

Look, haven’t you heard — being green is the new hotness. Recycling’s where it’s at, homie. And considering the utter trash that most pop music today is, I honestly can’t think of a better use for it than to splice it all together like some horror film science experiment until it’s greater than the sum of its parts.