Wick-It the Instigator
The Brothers of Chico Dusty


4.5
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Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
January 17th, 2011 | 23 replies | 6,880 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take two of 2010's best albums, and turn them into something truly special.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Mashups are one of the more interesting musical phenomenons of the past decade-and-a-half or so. Danger Mouse made his name by combining Jay-Z with the Beatles. Girl Talk has built a large fanbase devoted to his danceable mixes of artists such as Ciara and Metallica. DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... is one of the most acclaimed albums of the 1990s, despite consisting entirely of other artists' music (besides Shadow's drums). Now a newcomer, Wick-it the Instigator, has taken two of 2010's greatest albums - The Black Keys' Brothers and Big Boi's solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, and created 26 minutes of music that brings out the best in both albums.

While Sir Lucious Left Foot had excellent production, Wick-it's use of the Black Keys' music makes his rapping truly shine. On his own album, Big Boi's wonderful rhymes were occasionally overpowered by the beats and effects around it. With the music of Brothers in the background, Big Boi is front and center, clearly rapping circles around anything that 2011 will dare to put out. It's a lot like the Keys' hip-hop experiment, Blakroc, where Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney supplied music for emcees like Raekwon, Mos Def and Jim Jones to rap over, only this time the rapping aspect is far superior. Occasionally, Auerbach's vocals enter for a break from the rapping, like in "Back Up Pistol" and "Afraid of the General."

Although both original albums had 15 tracks, Wick-it carefully chose eight of the best from each album and matched them perfectly. "Black Bug" expertly combines the vocals and drums of Big Boi's "Shutterbugg" with the music from the hit single "Tighten Up." "The Only Fat Sax" throws "Daddy Fat Sax," arguably Sir Lucious' best track, together with "The Only One." Yet if the listener did not know anything about the two albums being mashed up here, the combination would still feel utterly seamless.

There are still 11-and-a-half months left in 2011, and this album may really just be an amalgamation of the summer of 2010's best, but we already have a strong contender for album of the year here. The Black Keys may have done good work combining their music with hip-hop before, but nobody spat fire on Blakroc the way Big Boi did last July. Conversely, Sir Lucious had some of the strongest beats in recent memory, but nobody in the mainstream rocks like the Black Keys. This was a match made in heaven.



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HenchmanOfSanta
January 17th 2011



1856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://mashville.bandcamp.com/album/the-brothers-of-chico-dusty

THIS IS SO GOOD

Hep Kat
January 17th 2011



15247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh woooooooooord?


wasnt aware this existed

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011



31047 Comments


Endtroducing... isn't a mashup album, js

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JWT155
January 17th 2011



9211 Comments


All I've heard off this was Black Bug and that was pretty good.

Urinetrouble
January 17th 2011



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a huge fan. it doesn't work for me sorry

HenchmanOfSanta
January 17th 2011



1856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


Endtroducing... isn't a mashup album, js
Not in the truest sense of the word, but it certainly paved the way for the style.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011



31047 Comments


No it didn't, dj's and producer's splicing 2 tracks together in clubs paved the way

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 17th 2011



4459 Comments


mashups are one of the least interesting musical phenomenons of the last decade.

Hep Kat
January 17th 2011



15247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this isnt bad

Urinetrouble
January 17th 2011



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

blog post i wrote on mash ups
http://musicfindingtime.blogspot.com/2011/01/effect-of-mash-up-in-music.html

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2011



9033 Comments


Good review Tarvis

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2011



23800 Comments


holy shit this sounds so cool, I loved both of those albums

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011



31047 Comments


Liking that blog post Urine

Urinetrouble
January 17th 2011



5760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks

Bulldog
January 18th 2011



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gonna have to pick this up, i guess

Bulldog
January 18th 2011



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is good, have a feeling its gonna grow on me

Tyrael
January 18th 2011



20797 Comments


This is actually pretty good.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
January 18th 2011



3765 Comments


Haha this sounds cool.

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808muzik
February 3rd 2011



938 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good. Nice review.

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HenchmanOfSanta
February 4th 2011



1856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think I'm gonna bring this down to a 4 soon as the initial "OH MY GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER"itis has worn off for the most part.

But still, everyone should get this.



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