As I mentioned in my previous post, rock and hip hop mashups are tricky – when done well, they bring out the intensity of both tracks, when done not-so-well, you get Limp Bizkit.
The idea isn’t new, of course, but more recent producers have put their own spin on rock-rap hybrids with interesting results. Some examples:
Roc Raida & DJ Vlad: “Whole Lotta Dead Wrong”
The late, great X-cutioners alumnus Led Zeppelin produced this remix, featuring Biggie’s “Dead Wrong” over Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with DJ Vlad. Works on every level.
DJ Muggs: Rush vs Ghostface Killa (Classic Mixtape Vol. 1)
Cypress Hill and Soul Assasin’s DJ Muggs put this dope collection out a few years back, including remixes of Nas and Heart, John Lennon vs Soul Assassins, Wu Tang vs Blondie and the above-mentioned track, featuring Ghostface vocals over Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer.’