Remix Rewind: The 10 Best Jay-Z Mashups Ever

VH1 prides itself on being a mashup of pop culture, so it seems only fair that we turn our attention to mashups of the musical variety! Although sometimes frowned upon for teetering towards copyright infringement, blends done with exquisite skill create a track that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Done right, a mashup enhances both songs, allowing us to discover new sonic possibilities contained within sounds that had become stale and boring. If that ain’t art, we don’t know what is.

Since the advent of cheap audio editing software and websites like YouTube, it’s become much easier to create and share “revisions” of well-loved tunes. These DJs work hard on their tributes, and so we’d humbly like to offer a showcase for some of our favorites. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Remix Rewind!

To get us started, we tapped Jay-Z to head-up our inaugural post. Mr. Shawn Carter helped spark our love of mashups back in 2004, when his Black Album was expertly mixed with the BeatlesWhite Album by DJ extraordinaire Danger Mouse, creating (what else?) The Grey Album. The best of two (very different) worlds blew our 16-year-old mind at the time. So now we’d like to check out 10 other awesome uses of Hova’s verses and beats. Enjoy!

10. National Anthem (Jay-Z vs Lana Del Rey)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq9NV79owhc
We admit, we arrived pretty late to the Lana Del Rey party, but this mix courtesy of 2Vegas has definitely made us converts. Our only complaint is that there’s not enough Jay! But bonus points for the Kanye cameo. And MLK’s verse is pretty dope, too.

 

9. Juicy State Of Mind (Jay-Z vs. Biggie)

Embedded from www.youtube.com.