Is This Jay-Z and Radiohead Mash-Up Really Necessary?
It takes some talent to create a mash-up, and Tannone certainly has that, no one is questioning his creative ability (but they are questioning his DJ name... and by "they," I mean me). He mixes The Jigga Man's vocals over Radiohead's complex instrumentals, even letting Thom Yorke have a shot at some vocals. Unfortunately for Tannone, the mash-up bar was set high thanks to Brian Burton (as DJ Danger Mouse) and his 2004 epic The Grey Album, a brilliant and ballsy mix of Jay-Z's The Black Album with The Beatles' The White Album. All other mash-ups pale in comparison to The Grey Album, especially that shit Linkin Park attempted years back. But that's unfair to say, because anything Linkin Park touches turns to shit, so of course their mash-up was awful. It featured their music. It had no chance.
Tannone has made his Jaydiohead free to listeners, and by saying this, I will officially end my bitchfest about his work. It's not his fault that mash-ups are a tricky beast, but just don't tell Brian Burton that. I hope in the future we move past Hova's The Black Album and choose some different vocals to play with. I am sure Tha Carter III will slowly emerge as a candidate for mash-ups in the near future. I would suggest The Clipse's 2006 effort Hell Hath No Fury as a fine mash-up candidate. At any rate, Jaydiohead can be downloaded, free of charge, here.