I precisely recall when the “mashup” started to really take off. I was at Amoeba Music, in the early aughts, digging through the bins for some vinyl and I came across this record with a nondescript cardboard sleeve. On the label was a Coop-esque devil chick, the platter was titled, Satanik Mashups Vol II. There was an outburst of a giggle, I muttered to myself, “I’m totally fucking getting this.” On the b-side was a track called Back in the Episode; a mix of Dre’s The Next Episode and AC/DC’s Back in Black. Peanut butter and jelly.

What was once deemed as simply “mixing”, blossomed into the saturated art-form known as the mashup. Bona fide DJs such as DJ AM (Rest in Peace), DJ Z-Trip and Danger Mouse (see The Grey Album) were the forefathers, while over-glamorized and glorified party DJs like Girl Talk carried the torch and capitalized on the never-dying trend. The mashup is a guilty pleasure and now a staple.

Sometimes a track goes beyond guilty pleasure status. Case in point, this latest mash of post-hardcore band, Fugazi‘s I’m So Tired and Wu-Tang Clan‘s seminal track, C.R.E.A.M. Feel on some Wugazi, it is sweet, sweet stuff. Download it before it disappears.

@teemunny

UPDATE: Two more tracks!

Sweet and Low x Release Yo’ Delf

Forensic Scene x Shimmy Shimmy Ya

UPDATE 2: Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy have released the full Wugazi 13 Chambers album. Download it HERE.

Tracklist

1. Sleep Rules Everything Around Me
2. Suicide Surprise
3. Another Chessboxin’ Argument
4. Ghetto Afterthought
5. Sweet Release
6. Shame On Blue
7. Slow Like That
8. Floating Labels
9. P.L.O. Squared
10. Nowhere To Wait
11. Last Chance For The Clientele Kid
12. Killa Hill
13. Forensic Shimmy

ABOUT:

Wugazi is a labor of love by Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy. A year’s worth of cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella they could get their hands on, resulted in Wugazi: 13 Chambers (a must listen for anyone who even looked at a skateboard in the 90’s).

Cecil Otter is an emcee & producer, and one of the founding members of Doomtree. He has contributed to over a dozen records. His most recent full-length, Rebel Yellow, was re-released by Sage Francis for Strange Famous Records. He’s now recording his solo project, Porcelain Revolver.

Swiss Andy is a musician & producer residing in Minneapolis. He has been a contributor to several bands including The Millionth Word, Field Guide and The Swiss Army. He is currently working on a remix of Rebel Yellow.

Check out their first INTERVIEW.

UPDATE 3: MTV Hive has a timeline of how this project developed.

UPDATE 4: Rolling Stone has a track-by-track breakdown.

UPDATE 5: Full Soundcloud set:

Wugazi 13 Chambers

Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy

Wu-Tang Clan

Fugazi (1989)

Wugazi

 


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