October 11, 2012

6 Mashup Albums You Should Download Right Now

Xaphoon Jones - Mixtape Vol. 1

The first of three excellently diverse mixtapes from the Chiddy Bang beatmaker was his most mashup-heavy. And there are some real gems. A lively jam mixing Bob Marley and MGMT, as well as Biggie rapping over Passion Pit and Beyonce. My personal favorite however, blends Kanye's "Testify" with "Reckoner" by Radiohead. Check it out!

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Wick-it The Instigator - Grindhouse Basterds

Possibly the coolest mashup concept I've seen, Grindhouse Basterds combines various Quentin Tarantino quotes and soundtracks into funky hip-hop tracks. Using tracks and wonderfully selected quotes from Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds and more, this is a must for any Tarantino fans. Listen to "Look At Mexico Now." I'll give you one guess as to what rap that uses. 

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Neutral Bling Hotel - In My G4 Over Da Sea

At first I was skeptical. Neutral Milk Hotel didn't seem immediately like it could really be made into hip-hop material. But Neutral Bling Hotel went and proved me wrong. It definitely has a few bumps, some not so great tracks, but overall it is an impressive work. It also features some pretty sweet song names like "Untitled Paint Job," "My 1st Aeroplane," and "Oh Dougie," which you can hear below. 

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Wick-it The Instigator - The Brothers of Chico Dusty

This is the album that really kick started my love of mashups (And it was one of my very first posts on this site!). Being a fan of Big Boi and The Black Keys predisposed me to like this of course, but Wick-it really ties the artists together perfectly. Big Boi's clean, funky flow contrasts the gritty distortion of the Keys. Now when I hear the Black Keys tracks, I can't help but expect a little Big Boi action on top. Now that's a successful mashup. Check out "Afraid Of The General" below.

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Brooklyn. Chicago. London. 

This album, brought to our ears by Urban Noize, ties together three artists who are all extremely passionate about their hometowns: Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Adele. Adele's orchestral tunes provide the instrumental as well as the choruses, while the Throne trades off verses. If a collaboration like this, between three of the worlds biggest stars, ever happens, the world may explode. Hear "Hometown Glory" below. 

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Terry Urban - Born Ready To Die

When Lana Del Rey was making waves with her controversial debut and SNL performance, Terry Urban had the wise idea of pairing her with a true classic, The Notorious B.I.G. Her moody vocals and instrumentals work pretty nicely with Biggie's deep swaggy rhymes. Have a listen to "FTW."

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