note: an interview with Mr. Tannone was posted on a really excellent blog not too long ago. I'm just compelled to add some more specific reviews here. Because you really need to listen to these cuts.
My first experience with Tannone's work was his Jaydiohead project. This combines Jay-Z's The Black Album with Radiohead's music. It gives the lyrics a nice creepy feel and a ton of atmosphere. Sure, Danger Mouse kinda beat him to the punch (with the aforementioned Grey Album) but this takes it in a whole new direction.
Download Jaydiohead - Dirt Off Your Android
|Doublecheck Your Head|
Doublecheck Your Head is a mashup of the Beastie Boys' lyrical stylings over the music of...wait for it...the Beastie Boys. As it turns out, their sweet instrumental album, The In Sounds From Way Out, is the perfect backdrop for their raps. It seems so simple, but I never would have thought of it. I'm glad someone did.
Download Beastie Boys - 3's What'cha Want
By the way, if you don't own The In Sounds... already, go get it now. It has some of the most delicious grooves since the chocolate record was invented. Wait, do they really make chocolate records? Holy crap, they do! I may have just found material for my next review.
Finally, and at the top of my current list, is Mos Dub. Mos Def's smooth raps work perfectly over Dub Reggae cuts; perfectly enough that I can overcome my mild dislike for reggae and enjoy the hell out of this album. Please don't write to reprimand me for that reggae comment. I already know it makes me a bad person. Just listen to this track and enjoy it instead.
Download Mos Dub - Johnny Too Beef
These albums are all available for free download online. Click the links below to get them. While you're at it, buy some of the original source material. It's good stuff.
Doublecheck Your Head
While I'm talking mashups, let me include one of my favorites. It's a bit older but always worth another look:
Now get out there, buy some music, and party like it's your birthday.