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17Mar/04Off

Like Always, I’m Totally Wrong

I was all prepared to hate the Jay-Zeezer mixes but several (like several out of four) are actually pretty good and more interesting (at least texture-wise) than The Grey Album mixes for the most part. The best part is really the story of the DJ learning to love like rap music as a result of working with this stuff:

But, I do admit that it takes certain talent to remix a song. And having never done it before, I figured this was probably going to amuse me for a few hours, get a few laughs from my friends and then I'd be back to planning my trip to Coachella. Instead something completely unexpected happened. No, not the part where I found out that I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. The part where I realized that I actually liked to listen to Jay-Z rap. I couldn't believe it. Sure, it didn't happen right away. There were still some "mwa mwa-mwa"s in the beginning. But in order to make any sense out of the song and remix it over Weezer, I really needed to listen to the words and their rhythms, and how they landed on certain beats yet flowed across others. That may sound obvious, but it's not when you take away the rest of the song. Just check out the acappella version of the Black album and you'll see for yourself. The more I listened, the more I liked. I heard clever rhymes popping out and staggered phrases falling into perfect cadences. There were amusing pop culture references and lyrics filled with cynicism. Were these not some of the same qualities that I loved about Steve Malkamus' vocals? Holy shit! Did I actually just say that? This could be the beginning of a whole new me.

Go grab the songs -- they're funny and worth listening to simultaneously which is more than I can say for most music. I'm nearly ready to take back what I said the other day about 1000 clones making 1000 records based on bad puns.

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