Kanye West‘s genre-bending music has already spawned a couple of mash-up albums – but there’s always room for one more. This time around, the Chicago-hailing rapper’s music gets mashed up with music from the ’60s using some of The Beatles‘ classics.
The idea for the pairing by Mr. Troublesome comes from a line on Kanye’s “Gorgeous” taken from his critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy where he says “And what’s a black Beatle anyway,” which is also where the title of the upcoming mash up album comes from.
The first single from the project What’s A Black Beatle is “Southside My Dear” which features The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear” and Kanye’s Common assisted “Southside” which you can listen to and download below.
The man behind the project had this to say about it:
”I always felt like Kanye would fit so much with The Beatles. Kanye’s musical deformation to pop music has made him be not just a rapper. He forgets about genres. Kanye has no styles. And the level of composition in rap music never been so elevated since Kanye came around.
I wanna dispense this project. Dont want to make a simple mix.. so it will take time. When you touch The Beatles, it’s hard to make something better than the original versions. I gotta be really meticulous. I can’t stain their legacy. I will make it with the most subtlety possible. Will do it how Ye would make it. Keeping the essence and redefining these legends. Kanye opened the gates for modern rap and influenced experimental / modern ’00 music, Beatles opened the gates for music and influenced music history and everyone. They are innovators. So is perfect to mix both because they are musical trangressors from different eras. Mind blown a little bit.
It’s gonna be a peculiar fusion. Everything will sound ideal”
Expect What’s A Black Beatle out later this summer.[KanyeToThe]