nervous white guy talks (sort of) about hip hop and mixing it with indie rock

With the recent surge in indie rock’s popularity, I suppose it’s inevitable that other genre’s would take on elements of indie rock. Particularly, I’ve noticed recently that either mash up artists or MCs themselves are taking indie rock and mixing it with hip hop vocals.

Just in the last few days, I’ve noticed a few of these things:

Pitchfork has a really fun Hood Internet track mixing the crazy tapping guitar of Marnie Stern with the stomp-clap-rapping about being chased by boys of Lil Mama. The result puts a smile on my face.

Spine Magazine has a new single from Lupe Fiasco (featuring Kanye and Pharrell) that samples (or, really, they just rap over the whole song, it seems) Thom Yorke’s “Erasure”. You can hear it off of Spine’s frontpage or here.

Granted, this isn’t a new thing, even to someone somewhat oblivious like me. Gorilla v Bear pointed me to this guy, Dert, who did an album mixing Jose Gonzalez with hip hop vocals. I like it. There’s something nice about the soothing-but-rhythmic nylon string guitar along with these rap lines on top.

Dert – The Light (Common & Erykah Badu v Jose Gonzalez) (mp3, from the artists’ site)

You can actually get that whole album at Dert’s virb page.

Also, sort of in the same category, I must admit that I was a little taken in by Gym Class Heroes’ Cupid’s Chokehold. It’s fun stuff. They’ve been described as “hip hop for the indie rock crowd” (but I can’t find that reference right now).

Honorable mention (no indie rock really, but close enough): who doesn’t like some Biggie Smalls with Elton John (by Girl Talk of course)?

One response to “nervous white guy talks (sort of) about hip hop and mixing it with indie rock”

  1. Danny Dance says:

    I know this is an old posting, but I was bummed to see the link no longer works. I’ve made some tunes sampling the original song behind this track. I’ll email you :)

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