Mash-ups are fun pretty much no matter what. This rap-punk mash-up is no exception. Mixing the messages of rap — and the parties — with the parties — and message — of Punk, Max Tannone releases his newest genre animorphing, Mic Check 1234. Tannone, formerly known as Minty Fresh Beats, really understands the mash-up. “I chop up the original song into short pieces so I can re-arrange it, and from here I build the track around the vocals,” Tannone explains of his process. “Once the skeleton is completed, I began adding drums, FX, other instruments, edit the vocals, etc.” These mash-ups are made of real powerful driving punk drums and guitar licks and the rap blanket gives his songs a strong club vibe. The standout tracks are “Bring the Bars” — a Public Enemy and Black Flag mash, which sounds like Prodigy if Prodigy was still young in this post-dub-step era. “Definition of Blitzkrieg” is post-punk from So-Cal, even though it’s from Brooklyn (and Queens…) (It’s a Black Star/Ramones mash – I mean duh.. and Tannone is Brooklyn-based.) Surf rock comma nascar comma philosophy comes along in the hyper Lupe Fiasco/Damned Mash, “Wolves I Never Said”. And summing up is “Talk to the Kids” which mixes The Adolescent’s indie with Nas’s message to the public. Stream Mic Check 1234 below.
Max Tannone's latest cross genetic mashup creation