Hip-hop mergers we'd like to see -- Chris Nashawaty expounds on how great it would be to hear Salt'n'Pepa mixed with Ethel Merman and other oddities
The best argument for recycling is the ability of rap artists to create new and clever hip-hop fusions by sampling long-forgotten songs from aging musical genres. Whether it’s the jazzy rhythms layered into songs by US 3, the squealing bagpipes co-opted by House of Pain, or the funky slap-bass embraced by the Brand New Heavies, rap seems to have fused with nearly everything. Or has it? How far away are we, really, from a rap/big-band combo called Third Basie?
The Mix: Rap and Broadway Show Tunes. The Band: Salt ‘N’ Merman. Sample Lyrics: You’ll be dope/You’ll be mackin’/Got the whole world pistol-packin’… Everything’s comin’ up roses.
The Mix: Rap and Folk. The Band: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young MC. Sample Lyrics: Almost shaved my fade/Happened just the other day.
The Mix: Rap and Euro Dance Music. The Band: The Beastie Shop Boys. Sample Lyrics: I’ve got the brains/You’ve the mike/ Let’s clock lots of ducats.
The Mix: Rap and Opera (Hip-Hopera). The Band: Snoop Doggy Domingo. Sample Lyrics: Elucevan e stella/I pulled a 187 on a goodfella.
The Mix: Rap and Polka. The Band: Der Fat Boys. Sample Lyrics: Roll out the hooptie/We’re packin’ heat just for fun.
The Mix: Rap and the Grateful Dead. The Band: Box of Pain. Sample Lyrics: Drivin’ that Jeep/Pager goes beep/Casey Jones you better watch your back.