It seems like Jay-Z is the manwhore of the music bizz. I mean, doesn’t it seem like his stuff gets remixed, mashed up, and sampled more than anyone else? I’m sure I will forget some but for me, it started with the Grey Album, where DJ Danger Mouse impressively mixed songs from the Beatles’s historic White Album and what everyone thought was going to be Jay-Z’s curtain call, the Black Album. While the album was not as polished as I would have liked to see, it was still very good. Next came his collaboration with Linkin Park, which turned out to be an amazingly energetic, pulsating, and surprisingly complimentary coming together. I must admit having never liked Linkin Park before, but after hearing their sessions with Jay-Z, an appreciation started to develop. And I believe that there was something done with Jay-Z and Weezer? Does my memory betray me?
Anyway, the latest mashup choice for Jay-Z comes in the form of my most favourite of bands, Radiohead. I love a lot of music but their consistently amazing and constantly evolving body of work has to put them at the top of my list. I think that if they had followed up OK Computer with another similar album, my appreciation for them would not be at the level that it is. Instead, they decided to throw their fans a complete curve ball in the form of Kid A. Baffled when I first put it on (I still remember the day), it slowly grew on me and is now one of my favourite Radiohead albums. So needless to say, I was pumped when I first heard about this collaboration and I must say that it is very strong. Here are some samples: