Without any Mary Jane or intoxicating beverages in hand, regrettably, a few friends and I synched Dark Side of the Moon up with a Wizard of Oz DVD and tested the age-old legend of how Pink Floyd’s work can be used as a bizarre soundtrack to the Yellow Brick Road-set film. I was skeptic, naturally, but, I’ll be damned, it actually worked. We started both at the exact same time, and, to my bewilderment, there was talk of cash the second that “Money” began, just to name one example of the experiment’s fluidity.
The main characteristic that makes Dark Side of the Moon so incredible, to me at least, is its otherworldly mood, a no-drugs-are-even-needed-to-feel-spacey tone from start to finish. It’s the non-rap album that I revisit the most often, whenever I’m in the mood to board an invisible spaceship. And, taking in account my appreciation of it, this enduring Pink Floyd masterwork is also the rock album I’d most love to hear rapped over, top to bottom.
The only MC who has attempted to attack a Dark Side of the Moon cut— that I can think of—is Lupe Fiasco, on “Tilted in Any Colour You Like,” the closing track on his pre-Food & Liquor mixtape Fahrenheit 1/15 Part II: Revenge of the Nerds. The Pink Floyd record sampled by Carrera Lu was “Any Colour You Like.” Listen for yourselves, and hear how well-suited the album’s tempo is for a free LP such as the Danger Mouse-assembled Jay-Z/The Beatles mashup The Grey Album. This Lupe ish is just a damn tease.