Friday, April 9, 2010

H to the Grizz-O, V to the Grizz-A

Funny thing: Grizzly Bear's going mainstream, and Jigga's going indie. At any rate, these are two of the biggest names in their respective genres at this moment, Ed Droste the mastermind behind GB's meteoric rise within the indie community and Jay-Z a hip hop juggernaut ever since he palled around with Biggie in the mid-nineties.

Allow me to make a conjecture: hip hop has evolved from its inception as a disco offshoot with the Chic-sampled "Rapper's Delight" in 1979 to conscious hip hop like Grandmaster Flash to the politically-charged rap of Public Enemy to NWA's gangster rap to the rise of the underground hip hop movement to the crunk fad to the bling bling era to the current club rap I see the genre in today. Now, with that grammatically correct yet long-winded and hard to read sentence in mind, I'd like to propose (somewhat hopefully) that the next wave of hip hop is this indie-hip hop fusion that someone like Jay-Z can foster. Artists like Chitty Bang, KiD CuDi, and Mike Posner are already exploring the potential of this musical marriage, but it's still a nascent idea.

For the moment, though, let's just settle for this mashup of Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "Empire State of Mind" with Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks." Enjoy.

Jay-Z vs. Grizzly Bear: Get That Week State of Mind [alt]


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