Except for the fact that the audience for each consists mostly of white young people, hip-hop and indie rock don’t seem to have much in common. Hip-hop can be loud and brash, while indie rock tends to the quiet and precious. But the two-month-old Website The Hood Internet is mashing hits together from both genres, and the resulting songs are variously funny, unexpected, and really good.
The mashup is nothing new, but The Hood Internet does it better than most, producing songs that often sound like actual collaborations. And the Photoshopped images of each hypothetical new group — see R. Kelly fronting indie darlings Broken Social Scene — extend the fun of these surprising juxtapositions a nice bit further.
Check out The Game (an L.A. rapper) teamed up with The Go! Team (British pop smarties) and the Snoop Dogg–Architecture in Helsinki face-off, where Architecture’s upbeat, electronic sound makes the perfect backdrop for Snoop’s laid-back flow. Maybe we can all just get along.
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