Who else but Jay-z could come together with Linkin Park and actually make an album worth hearing? Once again, Sean Carter has defied the odds by actually pulling off a noteworthy rock/rap collaboration album. With only six tracks, "Collision Course" is a short but sweet effort that will please both fan bases. Is it anything we haven't heard before? No, but Jay and LP pull it off better than most could have envisioned.
The album's highlights take place when Jay ends up rocking on Linkin Park's moody instrumentals, as Jay sounds more comfortable on LP's tracks than emcee Mike Shinoda does on Jigga's. "Number/Encore" is a perfect example, as Jay flows effortlessly over the track's spacey keys and light guitar stabs. "Points Of Authority/99 Problems" finds Mike Shinoda doing his best Hova imitation by reciting Jay's first verse, which sounds awkwardly bad. But thankfully, things heat up when LP's lead vocalist Chester Bennington unleashes all hell with deafening screams. "Jigga What/Faint" is another example of the two sides being able to mesh perfectly. Jay re-recorded his classic double timed vocals in order to truly fit in with the LP sound. In addition, Mike delivers a solid lyrical performance as well. Other attempts such as "Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You", "Izzo/In The End" and "Big Pimpin/Papercut" are solid efforts, but do not feel as natural as the top three cuts off the album.
With "Collision Course", you are getting a nice little album that lacks any replay value but is dope nonetheless. The album will not change the face of Hip Hop and Rock collaborations forever, but it proves that the two sides can come together to make some good music.