We can’t resist a good mash-up mixtape. Jay Z and The Beatles’ The Grey Album; Wu-Tang Clan and Jimi Hendrix’s Black Gold; MF Doom and Sade’s SADEVILLAIN all immediately come to mind. Get ready to add another to the list, courtesy of DJ Critical Hype. Combining two Compton icons from both old and new school hip-hop, we get the glory of hearing the flow of rap god Kendrick Lamar meet the pioneering golden era beats of Dr. Dre on The DAMN. Chronic.
Having previously collided the works of Chance the Rapper and Kanye West for the Chance the Dropout, the DJ’s merger of some of Lamar’s slickest bars and Dre’s most celebrated productions is a dream for mash-up enthusiasts and hip-hop fans alike, delivering fresh takes on formerly Eminem-led songs like “My Name Is” and “Forgot About Dre”, and the N.W.A classic “Straight Outta Compton.”
Speaking to Pigeons & Planes on the process of getting the works of the two artists to gel, Critical Hype says, “Kendrick has so many flows, voices, and styles, plus Dre beats are really incredible, so I figured it would be dope. I was determined to make it work, but the truth is it wasn’t easy. A lot of the tempos actually didn’t mix well. It was a lot more work trying to find good mixes. I had to dig deep and make a capellas for about 60 to 70 Kendrick songs and try and find stuff I was happy with. I really wanted to mix ‘Look Out For Detox’ and ‘Money Trees,’ as well as a lot of album cuts off the DAMN. album. The problem is Dre doesn’t have many slower beats. I’m really happy with the results, though. All the hard work and dedication to this project paid off.”
Listen to The DAMN. Chronic below.