Take, arguably, the best MC in the rap game, mix it with the most influential band in history, then add the creativity of a relatively unknown DJ/producer. What do you get? The Grey Album by DJ/Producer Danger Mouse. The Grey Album takes Jigga's accapella vocals over the Beatles' psychedelic beats. When I first heard of this, I will admit I was skeptical. However the novelty alone of Hova and the Beatles together is worth the download time.
For those who don't know who Danger Mouse is, the "rodent" released an impressive indie-rap album, "Ghetto Pop Life" last year. DM manages to chop up, dice up and mix up the famous quartet's beats to provide an astonishing backgrounds for Hova's rhymes. One impressive mix is how DM cuts up the acoustic guitar line of the Beatles' "Julia" to imitate Timbaland's shuffle on "Dirt of your shoulder." DM also lets us know what a creative genius he is by pairing the Beatles' "While my guitar gently weeps" as the back drop for Jay-z's "What more can I say."
The Grey Album lets us see how two different pop figures can be seen and heard in a new way. Bringing two different genres and blending it to one. At times the cd can sound like it was sandwiched together, but all is forgiven when you listen to DM's version of "Justify my thug." Danger Mouse needs to realize he created a new trend in music. This CD is sampling at its best.