There’s that old saw about a whole being greater than the sum of its parts. That’s definitely the modus operandi when you’re crafting a single-song mashup, but what happens when you’re crafting a longer-form mashup—say, an entire album? It’s no easy task, the dustbin of history is probably littered with too many failed attempts at mashup albums. Here are six of them that go beyond simple success and into the superlative.
1. The Hood Internet
Yes, I’m cheating right out the gate here—The Hood Internet is a duo who create mashups. But their four mixtape-albums are so damn spectacular, choosing only one is impossible.
Sufjan Stevens and hip-hop is just about the unlikeliest of combinations, so it’s somewhat surprising that this mashup EP works so damn well. Now, if only Outkast and Sufjan would actually collab…
3. The Grey Album
The gold standard by which all mashup albums are judged, and the opus that made Danger Mouse a household name: Jay-Z and the Beatles, together at last. And really, if EMI hadn’t put Danger Mouse in their sights over this album, he probably wouldn’t be as famous as he is.
Grizzly Bear and Lil Wayne: two great tastes that taste great together. We can only hope that this tasty little mashup EP (available for download at the link above) will someday become a full-fledged album.
5. Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers
Quick, someone re-animate_Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band_ so that it stars the Wu-Tang Clan instead!
A stellar, out-of-left-field album mashing up Radiohead and Jay-Z from NYC DJ Max Tannone, who was previously known by his nom-de-guerre Minty Fresh Beats. The idea is deceptively simple: A mashup album from two of the GOATs of their respective genres. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s really, really good.