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Shameful Admission: The first time I can remember hearing the phrase “Mash-up” was from Glee.
The concept is pretty simple: take two or more songs and blend their lyrics or music together to make a new song. This basic idea has been around for a long time, though most bands would refer to them as “Medleys”. The final 16 minutes of Abbey Road (“You Never Give Me Your Money” thru “The End”), for example, is often referred to as the Medley. Led Zeppelin’s live album How The West Was Won also features the Whole Lotta Love Medley, which combines the their classic rock jam with “Let’s Have a Party” by John Lee Hooker, “Hello Mary Lou” by Ricky Nelson, and blues standard “Going Down Real Slow.” The point I’m trying to make is the basic idea of mash-ups have been around for a long time, though, in recent years, there have been a number of extensively crafted full length mash-ups like Danger Mouse’s Grey Album, Death Cab For Yeezy (combines Kanye West with Death Cab for Cutie), and, my personal favorite, To Pimp A Seinfeld.
Thanks to the all mighty power of the Internet, you could find an unlimited variety of mash-ups. They can be powerful and thought provoking or made for the sheer comedic value. On this post, I decided to set out and create the ultimate list of mash-ups. Specifically, a list devised of famous Rap songs mashed with music from popular kids movies and TV shows. To my surprise, I was able to find a large collection of rather thought out and hilariously incredible mash-ups that will horrify, delight, or even some combination of the two.
Viewer Advisory: The mash-ups will either make your day or ruin your childhood.
The Pitch: The mash-up that inspired this list in the first place features the theme song from LeVar Burton’s beloved kids show The Reading Rainbow and various cuts of New York rapper DMX shouting.
The Result: The final effect is as jarring as it is amazing, however, you may find yourself disappointed when the reboot to the 90’s series doesn’t feature DMX’s aggressive bark.
The Pitch: Imagine, Jay and Biggie going head-to-head in an old school rap battle. The crowd is roaring as the two MCs take the stage and… the DJ drops the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song.
The Result: When combined with Biggie’s “Come On” and Jay’s “99 Problems,” the result is oddly Vaudevillian with The Tank’s cheery theme.
Surprise Fact I Learned: The show Thomas & Friends was, amazing, was narrated by none other than Ringo Starr.
The Pitch: “New Ms Booty” by Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins mashed to the Little Mermaid Classic “Under The Sea.”
The Result: I had a toss up between this version and an equally amazing “I Just Can’t Wait for the Booty” featuring the Lion King. In the end, there were already a crazy number of Lion King mash-ups so I went with this gem.
The Pitch: Can You Feel the Love Tonight + The Best I Ever Had by Drake
The Result: Viewer’s level of discomfort with Nala and Simba getting all flirty with Aubrey serenading them will likely vary from person to person, but there’s no doubting its place on this list.
The Pitch: Music from the original Disney animated classic “The Jungle Book” + “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash = Proof that the Hip-hop Pioneer is capable of pairing with anything to joyous effect.
The Pitch: The opening theme to the Lion King + Lil’ Wayne’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy.”
The Result: On paper, the combination is oddly apropos. Weezy’s raspy voice set to one of the most classic Disney songs turned out to be one of the more unexpected surprises on this list.
The Pitch: Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” + the flute theme from Spongebob = 47 seconds of Nirvana.
The Pitch: Everyone’s favorite song from Frozen + “I Want It I Need It” = My new favorite way to enjoy Death Grips and/or Let It Go
The Pitch: “A Girl Worth Fighting For” from Mulan vs Wayne, Pharrell, & Gucci Mane = To be honest, this mash-up is something that can only be experienced.
The Pitch: “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys + The Power Rangers = 90’s Overload
The Pitch: “Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan + “Touch The Sky” by Kanye West = My
The Pitch: The zither theme from Spongebob + “I Love Kanye West” by Kanye West = a delirious, yet equally entertaining take on The Life of Pablo‘s most notorious track.
What are some of YOUR favorite Hip-hop mash-ups? Share and post your most cringe-worthy mash-ups the comment section below!