Band: Linkin Park/Jay-Z Album: Collision Course (The Ulitmate Mash-Up) Released: November 29, 2004
I'm not gonna lie to you. I was skeptical when I heard about this collaberation. 2 of the biggest names in nu-metal and rap colliding for one very different mix-tape. But I heard the live show and became hooked. However you want to look at it, whether it be one of the biggest mash-ups in history, or just another money making scheme from 2 giant names, it is catchy.
01. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You - 5/10
There is nothing special here. The two songs don't go well together energetically, which is a shame. Jay-Z's re-working of the vocals on this are disappointing in my opinion, and the same old LP riffs and melodies don't impress. The 2 mixed together don't really make for anything to write home about either. Skippable? I think so.
02. Big Pimpiní/Papercut - 6/10
180 degrees, this time it's Linkin Park lyrics over Jay-Z's music. I gave it a 6 for 1 reason; for the fact that it's funny. The typical "paranoid" style lyrics from LP over Shawn's "pimped out" beats is just hilarious. That's about it really, again nothing really major about this song.
03. Jigga What/Faint - 5/10
Disappointing. This is, in fact, my favourite Linkin Park song, and to hear it ripped apart like this is a disgrace. Nothing against Jay-Z's rapping, but it ruins the mood in my opinion. The new bassline is a nice new addition to the song, but it isn't the same. The switch from Jay-Z/LP lyrics is horrible, and the only reason this scored 5/10 is because I like the original Linkin Park version.
04. Numb/Encore - 7/10
This is better. The music from LP has changed a lot for Jay-Z's "goodbye" rap, which is decent enough as it is without adding some really expressive melody to it. Overall, a decent enough song. Not my personal choice for the single to promote this, but it's their decision, and it does well to get it out (Hey, I bought it!)
05. IZZO/In The End - 4/10
Another goof mix in my eyes, and it does it pretty well. The transition from Jay-Z to Linkin Park is done well, and to be honest the In The End lyrics go well over the music. But the switch back makes the hairs on my back stand on end. It's bad, and the fade-out doesn't make it better either. Worst track on this "EP" in my opinion.
06. Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer - 8/10
A stroke of genius. 99 Problems, probably one of the only decent songs off The Black Album, combined with proper hard-hitting nu-metal. Mike's involvement as the "police officer" is pretty cool, and even though the music isn't really changed that much, it doesn't make much difference. My only problem was the switch to OSC. Even though the music to that would probably have worked better, the way they change is boring and could've been made better considering the budget they would've had.
A little extra to try and sell this off, and to be fair, it worked. I was curious to see how it was made, and a little disappointed when most of it was antics in the studio and a little photo shoot. The live show is very impressive though, and something any Linkin Park and/or Jay-Z fan should see. Overall, the DVD isn't bad considering the amount of footage I expect they would've had, but then again it wasn't amazing either. Didn't make me want to watch it again at all.
Most people will be thinking "Jesus, LP are releasing their songs again! Make some new material you fags!" And I agree. But this is a nice CD to have in your collection. It's different, which can be looked at both good and bad. I definately think fans of both artists will want to listen to this, just to see how their favourites sound with different elements. But if you aren't really a major fan of either, I wouldn't recommend it. It does seem like another "get richer quicker" scheme by Linkin Park (They asked Jay-Z, and he said yes. I know, I was shocked too), but it's still fun to have.
I'd give it a 3/5, purely because there are some good mixes on there. Sure, they could've been a lot better, but they aren't exactly bad.
Well, I mean, I bought Reanimation hoping for more rock and metal than rap. They released the Points remix, and if they had done every song like that, it would've been amazing. But they didn't do that.
It's one thing to mix rock and rap, but if they keep doing this pattern of rock, rap, rock, rap, pattern, then I'm going to stop paying attention to them.
[QUOTE=Kif]just another money making scheme from 2 giant names.[/QUOTE]
Linkin Park never have any new ideas, so they wash up their old songs in a different form, and release an album that way. They now have four major label releases, only two of them (and that's a stretch, since Meteroa's songs were largely almost remakes of Hybrid Theory) have had any original material.
Jay Z > Linkin Park, I've heard a couple of MP3s and it seems to lack flow. Jay's rapping totally dominates LP's. Seems like a marketing ploy to get alternative fans to listen to Jay-Z, or visa versa. It's not terrible, but 3/5 is being very, very, generous. I'd of course rather get one of the artists' original albums (or, none at all).
[QUOTE=TempermentalGoat]I'd of course rather get one of the artists' original albums (or, none at all).[/QUOTE]
Yeah, too bad Linkin Park only has one original album. And they suck. And Jay Z sucks more. Ooooh.
I think I heard Numb/Encore and immediately thought that this was the most retarded idea for an album or musical project ever. What's the frigging point? I get a guy rapping over the original song's beat for the majority of the song, and then I get to hear the band's version, which isn't even re-recorded, it's just the same song I've heard a million times.
[QUOTE=SubtleDagger]I think I heard Numb/Encore and immediately thought that this was the most retarded idea for an album or musical project ever. What's the frigging point? I get a guy rapping over the original song's beat for the majority of the song, and then I get to hear the band's version, which isn't even re-recorded, it's just the same song I've heard a million times.
An idiotic idea for a cash-in.[/QUOTE]
And even then, his rapping doesn't seem to fit with the music, at least not what I've heard.
Jay-Z's beats fit his rapping. Linkin Park's singing/rapping fits their music. That's how they should've kept it.
I almost agree with what everyone is saying. Ive had a problem with Linkin Park ever since the Reanimation album. The re-release and overplaying of every LP song has long since worn my last nerve. Im not a Jay-Z fan especially, but I do own the Black Album, and for the most part I have good things to say about it.
Watching TV one day I stumbled across the Ultimate Mash-ups segment on MTV2. For some reason I kept watching despite my ill will towards LP. At first I was a little disgusted...but since then, every time I hear the song Numb/Encore, I turn it up. Intriguing...
I have since bought the album, and although its not the greatest of either genre, its still fun to listen to.