Lupe, We Need You For This Monster Mashup Mix

For a second, I was all set to compile a follow-up to yesterday’s post, since the number of sample-able film scores is never-ending. But that started to feel a bit like a lazy double-dip as I started writing. The vibe that buzzed through the comments section was so damn cool, though; it’d be a shame to not keep the good vibes flowing.

So I sat back, swigged a bit of Blue Moon beer (hold the orange) and racked the brain, joggled the memory, hoping to recall a few rock songs worthy of potential chopping and looping. This all started with Earl Klugh’s “A Time for Love,” and how The Rza exhibited his A-game while flipping Klugh’s airy guitars into the ubiquitous Raekwon classic “Ice Cream.”

“It couldn’t be all that hard,” I figured; as a wee lad, my parents used to bump vintage rock on the regular, everything from The Doors to Journey to The Guess Who, with healthy portions of ZZ Top and Credence Clearwater Revival on the side. I’ll never forget how Jim Morrison’s warped poetry on The Doors’ “Celebration of the Lizard” sent chills down my spine—that was the first record I went back to on this quest to call out hip-hop-ready rock songs.

On my way to trusty YouTube, however, I recalled another trippy soundbed that once gave me a similar sense of unease: English rock gods Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (1973), one of the medium’s most initially inaccessible and rewarding-of-patience LPs. The pinnacle of “requires multiple listening” music. The first time I heard the album in its entirety was also an instance when I succumbed to pop culture tomfoolery.

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  • dtowntke

    NO one leave this classic joint alone

  • Azrael

    Haha, funny that you would mention this, considering that my bro plans to go in over “Great Gig in the Sky”

    He was the on to put me up on Floyd and now they’re my favourite band EVER.

    To answer your question, if that Lupe mash is anything to go off of, he could potentially pull it off.

  • steve-o

    Wyclef covered the title track “wish you were here”. Although it wasn’t on The Dark Side of the Moon it is a Pink Floyd song.

  • RDS

    That would work, but even as a Lu fan, I can think of a NUMBER of his works that would work for this other than “Tilted”. I would like to hear this with “The Emperor’s Soundtrack”, “Hurt Me Soul”, or just a brand new track. And throw Raheem DeVaughn on the hook for good measure.

    Ahh dayum, somebody around the XXL office needs to pull some strings to make a collabo like that happen. lol

    By the way, PLEASE keep these kinda drops coming. It’s freshing to see this kinda of thoughtfulness in a blog here. After yesterday’s drop, I had to go sample “Angela” (The Taxi theme) and wrote a verse over it I was so inspired. lol


  • Justice4All

    If I had to name 1 MC that could do such a mash up justice would be Talib.

  • C-Note

    I agree completely. I’ve been looking for some time now for some Beatles beats and Pink Floyd sampled beats. I know the clearance for either would be ridiculous, if not out of the question, but I wouldn’t be looking to make money with the project. I’d be making them for myself

  • 666kinnyjon3555

    Jay Electronica could do it….but would he want to?

  • S DOT

    Andre 3000

    • Brass Tacks

      Cosign that thought….

    • JTM


  • Ponz

    this kid an0maly did one

  • snopop

    dead prez used the intro to ‘Money’ (just the cash register sound effect) for Stimulus Plan, and sped it up a bit. Didn’t touch the actual track though. I flipped a beat using ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ (I know, different album) a while back, and it came out fresh.

  • Ponz

    this kid an0maly did a track awhile back. check it out

  • Axlhardd

    Geto boys used “money” in “let a ho be a ho.”

  • Razilla

    its kinda cheatin but… the flaming lips version of MONEY wud make for a awesome sample