Monster Mash: “I Fucking Bleed Purple and Gold” – Super Mash Bros.

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I don’t like mash-ups because they are a waste of time. Before you scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave an eloquent comment explaining why a hater like me shouldn’t be writing about mash-ups, please allow me to explain myself.

Take, for example, the 2004 mash-up of Jay-Z and Linkin Park, Collision Course, which is contains six straightforward mash-ups, combining a track from Jay-Z with another from Linkin Park. Taken on their own, I like all of the Jay-Z songs, and I am not against Linkin Park; they have a pretty cool vibe, even if it sounds dated today. But there’s a fundamental problem with mashing up hip-hop music: putting the vocals over a different beat disturbs the flow of the vocals.

Flow takes the place of melody in hip-hop tracks, and flow has an intimate connection with the the song’s drum beat. The flow interacts with the beat, and rapping on or off beat introduces and resolves tension between the vocals and beat- this is critical to appreciation of the song.

Mash-ups violate this principle. If I already know the flow of the song, then when I hear it with a new beat, then the flow just seems off, because there’s a new beat with which the vocals interact. To me, it just sounds bad until I have a sense for the interaction of the vocals with the new beat. It takes quite a few listens for this to be true, but it also undermines my appreciation of the original track. It’s just not worth it.

After this long diversion, let’s head back to the actual track at hand, “I Fucking Bleed Purple and Gold,” by the Super Mash Bros. Putting aside my holistic aversion to Mash Ups, this track doesn’t offend me quite as much as usual.

The most important reason is that this track is not a straightforward 1 + 1 = 2 combination of two songs. The Super Mash Bros. manage to incorporate at least five or six songs into a song which clocks in at under two minutes. This discourages such direct comparison with the original song, as they include only about twenty seconds of Eminem’s rapping from “Without Me.”

Really, though, I find this track tolerable because I only know the Eminem verse; it’s basically a new song to me. But, doesn’t that take away the purpose of mash-ups if I like them more when I recognize fewer of the sampled tracks? It’s going to take something stellar to make the adjustment to a new beat-flow relationship worthwhile.

–Tad

12 Responses

  1. Tom "The Enforcer" Kelly

    I actually have the opposite situation: I can’t stand to hear a song with the same vocals over the same beat twice – it infuriates me. “Again?” I think. “You did that last time!” Because of my temperamental nature, I go through great pains to avoid hearing the same song twice if I can help it. Before the days of mash-ups, my “condition” – for so my family calls it – used to exert a considerable strain on the lives of all those around me. Every day I required new CD’s to quell my insatiable desire for new music. The financial strain was great upon my mother and father, nearly bankrupted by my habit, until they turned me out into the streets to save themselves from starvation. From there I resorted to any method I could to ensure for myself an unceasing supply of novel songs. At first I performed menial labor in a textile factory, until the boss decided to play the radio while the other children and I sweated over our physically taxing and often life-threatening tasks. The repetition of the songs outweighed even the repetitious nature of our backbreaking work, and I was forced to flee for my sanity. From there I turned to a life of crime, bootlegging, and yes, prostitution. Things were bleak…and then there were mash-ups. “How simple,” thought I, “to merely take the songs I already own and play them over each other.” The permutations were boundless, and never again was I want for originality.

  2. Kristine love

    Without any force push on but terrorism harassment, My buddies and I were totally against mash-ups which is dirty harmful to our hearing and feeling.

    Here is a thing Everybody need to know: there was actually No mash-ups actually from the most original season. The pool golf music has been always the supporting background as amusement when people enjoy their exciting games.

  3. audience gathering

    yeah,The exclusive track music is the only one we love to listen to and enjoy. Mash-ups Way OUT!

  4. Kristine love

    And OF COURSE, Without any force push on but terrorism harassment, My buddies and I were totally In the Love of God and his followers. We feel happy even just think about our exclusive track music and already enjoy the opening of it.

  5. Igor

    I am having tons of trouble understanding kristine love. what are you talking about?

  6. Josh S

    I think Kristine is talking about google translate gone bad, igor

  7. Bring Jeff

    Hey, we are sisters and families, not buddies… Jesus! Wrong words!

  8. Kristine Love

    😛 yeah! Thank you for pointing out this.
    Sorry for my disposition of tomboy. I’ve always been with friends like fraternity whether they are girls or boys, till I met love.

  9. Tad

    Mr. Enforcer, that was a classic comment right there. I think you could be extending you Comment of the Week streak to two.

  10. Charles "The Astute" Guinn

    Tad, wish I had known you were looking into Mash-Ups else I would’ve pointed you to this one a long time ago. Maybe the one good thing Thurston did for me was introduce me to some different kind of music. Anyways, and I will openly admit to being a hip-hop novice as you yourself have pointed out many times, I do find Mash-Ups to at least sometimes bring something useful to the table.

    In large part I think that Mash-Ups go wrong because they are written (created, mashed?) poorly. It takes genuine skill to combine two separate entities into one cohesive song. Although I agree with your point about the cohesiveness of the flow to the beat, I think in general mash-ups as with all music just need to make a general aural appeal to be “good.” What you have with “I F**king Bleed Purple in Yellow” is a well done mash up. But take another popular mash-up artist like Girl Talk, listen to their albums, and you’ll realize quickly that only one or two songs are “good.” These one or two songs are no different than any other “good” song by a single artist. The song sounds good, ergo, it is good.

    Not that any of what I just wrote amounted to an actual point…but whatever, I like your blog dude. Keep it up.

    In remembering the olden-days when the Usher-Linkin Park mash-up was the only kid on the block,
    Charles Guinn

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