This came out in December which might as well be a million years ago in Internet time, but I’m guessing that like me, you guys don’t spend time on blogs called Discobelle searching out club remixes by mustachioed Frenchmen with the prefix “Bro” in their names. (A fact made acceptable only by the parallel use of “Ski”, king of all suffixes.) In any case, this is a compilation of tracks by Aaliyah, Amerie, Ciara, Souljah Boy, Lil Scrappy and Lil Wayne remixed by people like Bok-Bok, French Fries and Brenmar. Perhaps one of those two lineups will repel you but it’s a surprisingly potent combination with the swagnificent vocals taking a backseat to bass heavy beats with a significant amount of bounce per ounce. Think last year’s ATL RMX compilation but significantly more successful, probably because contemporary rap vocals are better suited for club music than quasi undie-ground stoner food.
One of the weirdest things that happened last year was (mainstream) Rap almost completely abandoning any remaining traces of actual Hip-Hop production in favor of Euro-Trance (BEP), Disco (Cee-Lo), Rock (Lil Wayne), etc. while the Bass Music world jumped all over Y2K major label Urban music as a sample-source and inspiration. It’s sort of confusing: if I want to listen to Hip-Hop, do I listen to Hip-Hop heads who aren’t making the stuff of non Hip-Hop heads who are? These are the sorts of questions that keep me up at night but thankfully, at least half of this compilation manages to bridge the gaps in a satisfying manner. You’ll still want to avoid the Spankrock track but that douchebag Diplo is nowhere to be found which makes this the best dance/rap crossover in nearly a decade by default. Dear rappers: these guys probably cost a fuck-ton less than David Ghetta and their beats don’t sound like a True Blood superfan’s iPod playlist.