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Today is the 13 year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark album, Life After Death. To celebrate, Sputnikmusic is offering an exclusive stream and download link for an album by producer wait what, who pairs Biggie verses with backing tracks from indie artist The xx. The album, the notorious xx, is surprise union where “the extrovert meets the introvert.” Biggie’s ambitious and fluent rhymes flow over The xx’s pensive and melodic instrumentals, creating a combination that is sublime.

wait what – the notorious xx [Download]

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KritikalMotion
03.25.10
Oh my, awesome.

Crysis
03.25.10
wow, cool

Romulus
03.25.10
This looks so awesome

Prophet178
03.25.10
Haha pretty cool.

SmurkinGherkin
03.25.10
This sounds wonderful...will listen later. Can this be downloaded anywhere?

Romulus
03.25.10
Download button?

DFelon204409
03.25.10
Romulus wins!

SmurkinGherkin
03.25.10
:S haha completely missed that

my bad

Lucid
03.25.10
creative

Ire
03.25.10
NICE

Minus The Flair
03.25.10
so awesome

SmurkinGherkin
03.25.10
yes this actually rules

iarescientists
03.25.10
haha this is siqq

poweroftheweez
03.25.10
awesome. gracias senor greer.

IsItLuck?
03.25.10
dead wrong intro and islands is the limit are way too awesome. The entire collection is pretty hit or miss, as expected.

thebhoy
03.25.10
hmmm, intrigued. Will listen.

ihopeuchoke
03.25.10
This is pretty damn epic.

Enotron
03.25.10
Intense.

americanmusicmachine
03.25.10
I like it as much as everyone else.

Urinetrouble
03.26.10
just as awesome as the beatles-wu tang mashup

klap
03.26.10
mo stars mo problems is so awesome

AggravatedYeti
03.26.10
some of this is really great. not bad at all.

Nikkolae
03.26.10
holy fucking shit man, this is just mind blowing

ohnoestehmusik
03.26.10
This is sick. Usually I hate shit like this because it just seems like it's trying way too hard, but this is really well done.

plane
03.26.10
Whole thing rules surprisingly hard. Which duds are you referring to, Ryan?

IsItLuck?
03.27.10
I personally think the Juicy track is forced, it doesn't really sound connected.

Electric City
03.27.10
I'm with ryan, a lot of its super awesome, some dont work as well

Urinetrouble
03.27.10
look up beatles-wu tang mashup

plane
03.27.10
Juicy-R is sick, guess we're at odds here.

plane
03.29.10
Buuuuuuuump. This is seriously so good.

SmurkinGherkin
03.29.10
been listening to this non stop since it was posted here

robertsona
03.30.10
this is spreading around the internet pretty fast (just saw it on dailywhat). good stuff

DFelon204409
03.30.10
Ya the playcounts are blowing up. Hell yes.

Minus The Flair
03.31.10
this is one of my favourite things from 2010

Electric City
03.31.10
Same. I'm really reminded of the cool parts from Buddy Peace's Wolf Diesel Mountain, but a whole album of that kind of awesomeness.

erasedcitizen
03.31.10
these never work because the beats are always too subdued for Biggie's lyrics. somebody should try breaking the mold with Tupac or something.

DFelon204409
03.31.10
Just so everyone knows this was featured on the New York Magazine's blog, so pretty much we rule hard and had it first!

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/03/hear_the_notorious_xx_an_album.html

Electric City
03.31.10
erasedcitizen whats it like to not like anything

mutatedfreek
03.31.10
Rules.


erasedcitizen
03.31.10
indie and rap just don't mesh bro. it's like...a first person shooter in which you play as fluffy unicorns

Electric City
03.31.10
dear god that sounds awesome

Minus The Flair
03.31.10
indie and rap don't mesh? i'm gonna have to do a blog post on buddy peace..

erasedcitizen
03.31.10
you know what i meant tight jeans nigga. indie and gangsta rap.

telebyrd
04.17.10
yeah.... not to troll, but this is not that great. The originals are best left separate. The xx is too repetitive in structure to support rap in general. And since when were the super-slow riffs and reverb of the xx enough to garner a BIGGIE SMALLS collab? Unqualified, unworthy, unwaranted. Go get RATATAT remixes for an example of how it's done.

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